iWatch this: Apple smartwatch release date ''DELAYED''


Hey, IT! Are you ready for the Bring Your Own Watch trend?

Forget BYOD—here comes BYOW. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to soon launch its iWatch—or whatever it'll be called. But it now looks like the release date will be later than we'd heard earlier.

A financial analyst from KGI Securities says so. So... there's that.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers check what time it is. [Could we also check that's the correct Ming Chi Kuo? -Ed.]

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.


Mark Gurman brings the "news":

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided relatively accurate information...in the past (but frequent misses on timing), [says] that the Apple smart watch will enter mass-production in November.

“We have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/ late- November,”...Kuo wrote [saying] the push back is due to more complex hardware and software engineering.  MORE


Husain Sumra jumps on the bandwagon:

Kuo points out that the iWatch uses many new hardware technologies, like a flexible AMOLED screen, a sapphire crystal cover and a much smaller form factor with higher waterproof standards than other highly advanced Apple devices.

Apple has reportedly been aiming to debut the iWatch at an October event. ... There could be "multiple versions", which could include watches with up to 10 sensors and a 2.5-inch screen. Apple has also been meeting with athletes to test out the device's fitness capabilities.  MORE


But Steven Musil dares to utter the 'D' word:

iWatch production delayed...according to a research note. … The so-called iWatch, which Apple has not officially announced, will have a display likely measuring 2.5 inches diagonally.

If Apple does indeed launch a smartwatch, it will be joining a crowded field. Samsung, Sony, and LG have already pushed out their own watches that allow users to track their fitness, receive notifications, and access apps.  MORE


Heresy! Jonny Evans fans the flames, by flying the fan flag:

The spin that Android Gear has destroyed all the hopes of Apple's new product family isn't worth listening to. In truth the chunky, poorly designed items carrying that brand will be revealed for the poor quality items they are in contrast to the luxury fashion experience Apple will deliver.

Analysts presently predict up to 80 million iWatches will be sold in the first year with 17 percent of US teens willing to buy one. Apple will reach its public fast with iWatch, simply by making these tiny objects highly visible across its global network of high value retail stores, situated in some of the world's most fashionable areas.

Apple's iWatch isn't competing with Samsung. It's competing with Rolex.  MORE

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