The so-called iWatch continues to be a hot topic in the technology community. The rumor mill has been churning out suggestions of what kinds of features it might have, its release date and more. Now we have a report indicating that the iWatch will be available for purchase on Nov. 14—a couple of weeks before the Black Friday shopping day.
iWatch tentatively set for November launch
Native Mobile reports that an unnamed source claims Nov. 14 will be release day for Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL’s rumored iWatch. The source also claims that there’s debate among Apple executives and managers about exactly when to show off the device.
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The website notes that well-informed techie John Gruber of Daring Fireball said earlier this week that Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL will show off the iWatch in September, possibly at the same time it unveils the iPhone 6. However, he didn’t say that the device will actually be available for purchase that say month, and Native Mobile suggests that the reason for this is because it certainly won’t be.
There have been reports that Apple has been having some manufacturing problems with other products, so it is suggested that perhaps the same thing is happening with the iWatch. Last year, manufacturing problems caused low availability of some iPhone 5S models at release.
iWatch shipments to ramp up in November
The website’s sources also state that “non-disclosure agreements with various big box retailer partners” indicate that shipments of some kind of unnamed product that is also not available for purchase will ramp up in late November and early December. In other words, Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL wants to get the unnamed product, which may indeed be the iWatch, on stores in time for Christmas. Gruber said in his post earlier this week that the name of the device has not yet been finalized but that it will be some kind of “wrist wearable thing.”
Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL is generally expected to release more than one iWatch, just as it may with the iPhone 6. Some speculate that the least expensive iWatch model will come with a price of $199.