Apple's Smart Watch Won't Launch Until 2014, Will Use Technology From iPod Nano?

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been fairly accurate regarding Apple hardware releases, claims that Apple's smart watch will not be released until the end of 2014.

Kuo cites the lack of maturity among wearable devices in the market, as well as a major changes in iOS, as the reason for the 2014 launch. Previously, it was widely speculated Apple would release a smart watch by the end of 2013.

Apple may not have adequate resources to develop an iWatch version of iOS because it may require big changes to iPhone and iPad iOS this year. In addition, wearable device components aren’t mature. For these reasons, we think mass production of the iWatch is more likely to begin in 2H14, not 2H13 as the market speculates.


Kuo believes the watch will use a 1.5-inch to 2-inch display, and will draw from iPod nano components like the processor and touch screen.

iWatch panel to be 1.5-2.0 inches, and likely to be made by Japanese or Korean supplier. We think a 1.5-2.0 inch panel suits watch applications best. The reason for choosing Japanese or Korean suppliers is that they enjoy closer cooperation with Apple, hence are more likely to become suppliers for Apple’s new products.

iWatch may use iPod nano’s GF2 touch technology and AP. Currently, the iPod nano uses the same GF2 touch technology as used by the iPad mini. Since the size and computing ability requirements of the iWatch are similar to those of the iPod nano, we think iWatch will use iPod nano’s GF2 touch technology and AP.


Finally, Kuo believes that integration with iOS devices, as well as biometrics will be key selling points.

via MacRumors


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Tony - May 23, 2013 at 1:57pm
I believe the Pebble is the first modern smart watch, so everyone is copying that idea.
Perone - May 23, 2013 at 12:45pm
Can't you already use the iPod nano in a watch strap to create a makeshift iWatch? But of course, make a new iDevice and all of the iSheep will follow and spew wads of cash at it. That's Apple's greatest feat; the ability to make their consumers spend money on ANYTHING.
Hasan - May 23, 2013 at 12:40pm
it will be called smart crap and far too late. By this time there will be more better stuff
Nostradamus!!!! - May 23, 2013 at 12:38pm
Wow, this analyst is an f'ing genius!!! Those predictions are unbelievably unique and specific!!!! And here I was thinking that the iWatch would have a 12" screen which would be made in Egypt. Man, I'm so stupid, wish I was that guy. Oh hey, can you please predict if the sun will come up tomorrow? Doh!
dongzo - May 23, 2013 at 5:33am
So if apple does release an iwatch, samsung will follow, then people will be walking around with and 8 inch samsung watch on there wrist.
me - May 23, 2013 at 10:13am
Samsung will bring a watch out before apple and was confirmed before apple said they are bring out one so who is copying you apple fanboys are really blind next if apple do bring a tv out your say Samsung copied them with that to
Grammar Nazi - May 23, 2013 at 11:36am
Haha silly Android fans/Apple haters and their horrible grammar skills. Corrections: Bringing* If apple does bring out a tv you're going to say (or You're saying) Samsung copied that too***
Tom - May 23, 2013 at 1:33pm
Grammar who cares about that nowadays times are changing and you say apple haters most have had apple devices then realised how crop they really are when they have tried different things
Tom - May 23, 2013 at 1:33pm
Grammar who cares about that nowadays times are changing and you say apple haters most have had apple devices then realised how crop they really are when they have tried different things
Tom - May 23, 2013 at 1:33pm
Grammar who cares about that nowadays times are changing and you say apple haters most have had apple devices then realised how crop they really are when they have tried different things
Slasher - May 23, 2013 at 9:10pm
Hahaha ''how crop'' !!
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