As reported yesterday, I believe that at this point in late summer it is 2013 all over again. The iWatch is again not coming despite heavy rumors. Now an analyst report supports my claim.
As reported yesterday, we are over run by iPhone 6 leaks, but we have no leaked iWatch part. We have no leaked prototype. All we have a rumor reports, patents and suspicious hires. It is save to say that Apple is working on wearable products including an iWatch. Because of the lack of leaked parts I am leaning towards the assumption that Apple is again not ready to release the iWatch this year.
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We had the same situation in 2013. The iWatch rumors have been intense. Now famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities also says that the iWatch is not coming this year.
He says according to 9to5Mac that Apple is working on a sophisticated smart watch that resulted in a higher level of difficulty to design and manufacture the iWatch and therefore resulted in major delays. Kuo expects the iWatch to feature a flexible AMOLED display, sapphire coating an new SoC components.
Check out our complete iWatch History report that soon will get a new chapter that will state that the iWatch also did not get released in 2014.
As said yesterday, in my opinion Apple did not solve the issues yet that plague smart watches: low usability, big size and short battery life. Apple is under a lot of pressure to do the iWatch right. They cannot really afford a failure. Other gadget companies like Samsung, LG and Motorola are not afraid of failure. They just put it out and see how it goes. It does not go well for smart watches that have released so far. The new Android Wear is going to push even more smart watches on the market that are incrementally better than the current generation, but still not solve the fundamental problem of offering mass market appeal.