iWatch to Come in Two Sizes With 'Fashionable Appearance', Top End to Cost 'Several Thousand' Dollars

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In a 2014 product roadmap that outlines all of Apple's plans for the year, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo revealed his predictions for Apple's much-rumored iWatch, which may ship as soon as the third quarter of 2014.

    According to Kuo, the iWatch will come in two separate sizes to accommodate different sized wrists: 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches. Multiple sizes for the device were first predicted in late 2013, though the original rumor pointed towards displays of 1.3 and 1.7 inches. Both watches will include flexible AMOLED displays with sapphire covers to protect the device from scratches.

    Along with a multitude of biometric sensors, coupled in a system-in-a-package design, Kuo predicts the iWatch will include integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, along with a "fashionable appearance," an NFC chip, and a slim and light design.

    Traditional watch-style iWatch concept based on TRIWA's Havana Nevil Brown watch, by Gábor Balogh
    Kuo believes many of the iWatch's mechanical parts may be constructed using liquid metal and that it may include an "innovative" antenna design that allows for wireless charging functionality.

    Battery life has been a major challenge for Apple when it comes to iWatch development and Kuo forecasts a 200 to 250mAh battery for the device that will provide at least a one day of operating power. Earlier reports have suggested the company is aiming for three to four days of battery life, however, and Kuo does note that the battery will be longer than "most wearable devices" due to the company's "vertically integrated operating system and key components."

    Kuo suggests Apple will release the iWatch at multiple price points and in a variety of materials, competing with low and high-end watches alike. At the high end, Kuo suggests Apple's iWatch could sell for thousands of dollars.
    Apple's iWatch is not expected until the end of the year, but Kuo believes it will be the most important product of 2014, outshining even the iPhone 6. He is estimating shipments of 5.5 million units in 2014, which will rise to 30 to 50 million units in 2015.

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  2. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2012
    A top-end iWatch at several thousands of dollars? No chance in hell.
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
    aaaaaand my shares in liquid metal are going to go up tomorrow. yay.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    When we look back at these mockups after the real product is out, we will laugh the same way as we do now when looking at iPhone mockups before the original came out.

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  5. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Lol.... So no one will buy the top end model besides maybe ridiculous fans and Oprah?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    Several thousand for a watch that will be obsolete in two years, sure :rolleyes:

    No thanks...
  7. macrumors 68020


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
  9. macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    Several THOUSAND dollars for the top-of-the-line iWatch? Even though this is Apple, would people ACTUALLY pay that?
  10. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    There is no way ever that a wearable device is going to cost more than a Mac with a display.
  11. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
    first gen iPhone new in box is worth several thousands of dollars today. this is probably the last product that steve worked on too.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2006
    Woodland Hills
    I think an expensive watch that can be upgraded is great - Say an expensive band and then a normal priced face. The reason I bring this up is because I think there is a good amount of people still that have expensive watches and while they want a smart watch, they do not want some pebble looking $200 watch.
  13. macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2008
    LOL @ several thousand dollars. With all the rumored bells and whistles, the obvious price point is about $300 - $500. Why would they put NFC in the watch but not any of their other devices? That and the several thousand remark shows how much common sense analysts have compared to your average techie...
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Several thousand dollars? :rolleyes:

    Reminds me of all those reports that were sure the iPad wouldn't go for under $999.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2012
    For sure, tech is upgraded every year (even more than once at times). So who wants an outdated watch of several thousands of dollars? No way it can compete with timeless classics like the Omega Speedmaster, Rolex Submariner, etc.
  16. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    That's probably the best way I've seen someone put it.

    Unless it's made by some huge brand like Rolex or something.. but that wouldn't appeal to the masses (or maybe it would if they could afford it).
  17. macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2009
    Definitely not going to be "several thousands of US dollars".
  18. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    Actually wouldn't surprise me if they had a low end model for a couple hundred bucks, and if they partnered with a company like Rolex for the high end model.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
  20. macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2010
    I'll stick with Bulova, Movado, Rolex, and Tag Heuer. The iWatch just doesn't appeal to me.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    I would not pay more than $100 for the iwatch. Nothing it could potentially do warrants more money than that. It's just an accessory.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
    I bought into this rumor until I heard "most expensive model likely priced at several thousand US dollars."
  23. macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2009
  24. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    Reminds me of the "I'm Smartwatch" from Italy.

    It comes in $350 plastic versions, $900 titanium, and gold versions starting from $2,000 up to $20,000 for a jewel encrusted version.

    I wonder how many they've sold of the higher end models.

  25. macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2010
    "Flexible AMOLED displays with sapphire covers to protect the device from scratches."

    How does that even work? It has to be one or the other, but not both.
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