11 July 20149to5Mac:
“We have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/ late- November. We also lower our forecast of iWatch 2014 shipments by 40% to 3mn units,” Kuo wrote in today’s report. The analyst claims the push back is due to more complex hardware and software engineering in this first generation Apple product category.
Kuo also provides some tidbits as to what he is expecting the device to feature:
- Flexible AMOLED display
- Sapphire coated display cover
- Higher waterproof standards
- New system-on-a-chip components
Kuo is probably the most accurate ‘analyst’ there is for Apple’s product pipelines. Although the headline of this report is about timing (mid November rather than October), I’m more interested in what Kuo has to say about iWatch features. The release window is basically known at this point: September, October or November.
As such, I am happy to see that Kuo thinks waterproofing is a focus for the product. For me, I want to be able to do washing up without having to take the watch off my wrist for fear of it breaking.