With September 9 announced as the launch party date for the iPhone 6 and the iWatch comes news that the iWatch “might not ship anytime soon.” In fact, shipments of the wearable computer are not expected to land on consumer’s doorsteps until early 2015.
Do not expect iWatch launch before Christmas
According to John Paczkowski in ReCode don’t plan on giving the watch out as a Christmas present as it is “not clear” when the watch will ship, according to “sources in a position to know.”
As a barge has been spotted outside the Flint Center, the site of the September 9 product unveiling that also hosted the 1984 launch of the original Macintosh, people attending the event can expect something rather large. “All I can say is this is one of the largest shows I’ve ever worked on, and I’ve worked on them for 30 years,” a construction manager on the site was reported as saying.
A delay between the product launch and product availability wouldn’t be unprecedented. This occurred with the launch of both the iPhone and iPad, products that were introduced in January. The issue is, announcing a product just before the holiday season, Apple could be missing a prime opportunity for lucrative seasonal sales opportunities.
Apple having production difficulties with iWatch
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s latest reported delay comes on the heels of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who noted in a report that Apple may be having production difficulty related to components, system design and integration between hardware and software. In particular Kuo said Apple is having production difficulties with its sapphire cover production.
Another report noted that, to date, there have not been any leaks regarding how the iWatch will actually look, suggesting that the manufacturing process has not began. Further bolstering this speculation is the speculation on the iWatch design, which has been all over the map. If the iWatch were deep in the middle of a production process press leaks could be expected and the speculation regarding design would not be as diverse.
The iWatch is expected to connect to the iOS platform and measure health and fitness data and will be included in an upcoming release of the iOS 8 operating system.