iWatch may not launch until 2015 due to manufacturing issues

BY Evan Selleck

Published 19 Aug 2014

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The release date for the iWatch, Apple’s first wearable, has been an issue for some time now, with analysts, and leaks, going back-and-forth with “in 2014” or “in 2015.” A new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is echoing earlier reports that Apple’s iWatch won’t see the light of day until 2015.

Reports have been popping up since late June, trying to peg when Apple’s iWatch will launch for consumers. While many were under the impression, earlier, that Apple could launch the device alongside the iPhone 6 in September, that eventually turned into October, with many reports now suggesting that Apple could wait until 2015 to launch it. Most of these reports cite complications with the manufacturing process for the iWatch, many of which saying the device’s small size, and the components intended to go in it, are causing issues for Apple’s manufacturing partners:

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.

This is something that Kuo has stated in the past, with a report in July citing several factors, including a flexible AMOLED display, a sapphire glass cover, or the overall size of the device as all reasons there could possibly be a postponement for the iWatch. Of course, the language is important to track, as Kuo notes that the postponement “could” happen, so it would be reasonable to conclude that while he may be confident in the delay, that it’s certainly not set in stone quite yet.

Kuo has also stated in the past that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be delayed until 2015. Since then, though, Apple’s plans for a September 9 iPhone 6 event have been revealed, which many believe now will see both devices announced. Though, that could still mean that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which many believe is coming without a doubt in September, could be the only phone actually made available in 2014.

With the event right around the corner we’ll know all soon. What do you think the chances are that the iWatch launches this year?

[via MacRumors]