Analyst 'Channel Checks' Suggest iWatch Coming in 2014, Pricing Guessed at $199

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    According to analyst Wanli Wang at CIMB Securities, as shared by The Economic Times, Taiwan based electronics manufacturers Inventec and Quanta have won contracts to produce Apple's iWatch. Wang's supply chain sources indicate that Inventec will produce the majority of the iWatch at 60%, while Quanta will handle the remaining portion of production. The report also claims that the iWatch will sell for an average of $199 and projects shipments of 63.4 million units in the year after its launch.
    Supply chain sources do on occasion offer accurate information on Apple's plans, but they are also prone to sharing incorrect or incomplete information, so their reliability is difficult to ascertain.

    CIMB's pricing and unit shipments also appear to be based more on speculation and modeling than any specific information, suggesting that they should be taken with considerable skepticism.

    In the past couple of months, Apple has been reportedly been ramping up its iWatch effort, hiring new employees with expertise in health sensors, including fitness expert and Nike product consultant Jay Blahnik. Apple has also been filing trademark applications on the iWatch name in a number of countries, and is reportedly looking toward a late 2014 launch for the product as it works to solve numerous technical challenges.

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  2. lars666 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    iWatch - you know you don't know yet that you need to have it!
  3. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    It would be great if it came before samsungs. It's really sad that Apple is coming second these days.
  4. lars666 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    Calm down, everybody else, I'll do the necessary typing work. Here we go: Apple also was second or later with mp3 players, smartphones and tablets ... And you see how this worked out.
  5. mbh macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2002
    These analysts can't even predict sales of existing products with any accuracy. Now they're predicting sales of products that don't exist yet?

    AAPL downgraded to sell today because predicted sales of non-existent products fell short of previous predictions.
  6. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I'm currently using the Pebble and will gladly upgrade to the iWatch. :)
  7. igazza macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
  8. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Analyst 'Channel Checks'. Made me think of something...

    Can you imagine a cable television channel called "The Analyst Channel"? The place to go for self-interested speculation and wrong information :D
  9. Shaun, UK macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Can't wait to see what they do. 2014 looks like it's going to be an exciting year with the iWatch, iPhone 6, 13" iPad, possible iTV, etc.
  10. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    They were second with smartphone and maybe a poorly made tablet had come out but they were the first to properly to develop a touch screen device capable of being a baseline for a other products. Here's the issue: everyone else has caught up, samsung and google are a great team and they can actually blow Apple away. The trick in tech is shock factor and if samsungs comes first and is "virtually" the same as iwatch the shock is gone.
  11. absurdamerica macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    Samsung was in the smart phone segment for 6 years before Apple decided to get in the game.

    Being first isn't everything.
  12. CBJammin103 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
  13. Blomkvist macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2012
    North Carolina
    In other breaking news...analyst predict Apple is developing a tv which will be released once it's ready.
  14. iLilana macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada
    just a bone

    this is a planted rumour to samsung keep concentrating on copying the wrong tech.
  15. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I don't think it will start at $199. Anything more than $99 for entry and it won't sell.
  16. everything-i macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Yeh, right. Like the Apple 40" or was it 50" or maybe 45" television which was supposed to be out last year or was it this year. These guys don't have a clue.:rolleyes:
  17. Klosefabrinio macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2013
    $200 for a watch? are you serious? but, why am i expecting low prices from apple, my mistake:rolleyes:
  18. FelixAng macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2013
    Hong Kong
    1st gen Apple products usually do well, but they're often missing important components. My bet is that the 2nd gen iWatch will add a front-facing camera.

    It would have to be a beautiful watch to compete with Rolex/Piaget/Omega/Citizen and numerous others. On the other hand, this could be the first major development since wind-up watches went digital, and the general popularion would eat it up. The difference between a Rolex and iWatch is simple: iWatch will lose resale value everyday one owns it; Rolex is an investment purchase.
  19. .Asa macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    The sad thing is, we already know all this.
  20. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Samsung's watch will be nothing like Apple's watch. Apple will undoubtedly have a completely different form factor and way to use it than current smartwatches out there. Same as Apple did with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Those weren't first either, but changed the game.

    Why does anyone think Apple is EVER first to market with ANYTHING? They're always trailing behind, but they're FIRST to understand what people actually want.


    You DO understand that Android smart watches out right now cost more than $200?

    $235 for this one, the Z1. It's got to be the worst interface imaginable. Simply take the existing Android OS and make it smaller? That is NOT the way Apple would go, which is why this watch will fail. But, but, it's got all the bells and whistles, right, Android fans?

    Z1 2.0 inch Android 2.2 Smart Watch Phone with Bluetooth,GPS,e-book,MP3,MP4,MMS,Camera,Compass
  21. pcJmac macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2013
    While it is true that "the early bird gets the worm", I would like to point out that it is "the 2nd mouse who gets the cheese"...
  22. ClemyNX, Aug 28, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 28, 2013

    ClemyNX macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    What are they waiting for then?


    That watch looks horrible indeed. Are we sure it's a real thing? I mean, someone actually thought that having an interface with minuscule details would work? I imagine all the people queuing up so that they can finally read A game of Thrones on their android watch! lol
  23. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I'm looking forward to seeing Apple's unique take on the smart watch.
  24. lars666 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    You are correct, but you know - there's always this one guy who screams: "APPLE DIDN'T INVENT THE SMARTPHONE, THERE WERE TOUCHSCREENS BEFORE!!!!!!!!1111!!!!ELEVEN!!!!!" ... :)
  25. flashflooder macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    and let's not mention what the early worm gets...

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