According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may postpone the launch of its rumoured wearable device “iWatch” to 2015. The reason for the delay can be linked to manufacturing difficulties that Apple has come across while building the hardware and software of the first-generation iWatch.
We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple’s (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.
Previous reports from Kuo predicted the mass production of the device to start from November and launch by 2015. The delay in the production can be linked to the device’s flexible AMOLED display and sapphire crystal cover.
iWatch is expected to have the ability to capture health-related data that will be shared with iOS 8’s HealthKit to track and analyze health and fitness data.