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Analyst starts in on the iWatch price and release date guessing

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Analyst starts in on the iWatch price and release date guessing
The WWDC keynote came and went with no mention at all about any Apple hardware, which, frankly, was to be expected. No company can really keep anything under wraps anymore, especially Apple. So, it was hard to believe that the announcement would jump out with no leaks preceding it. Of course, that means it is time for analysts to start putting in their predictions for the iWatch release date and pricing!

The first one out of the post-WWDC gate is Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who has gone the extra mile to meet with supply chain vendors rather than just using basic reasoning skills. According to White:

...initial production of certain ‘iWatch’ components is scheduled to begin later this month and there are plans for a sharp acceleration into fall. Given the trajectory of this ramp and our experience analyzing other product ramps at Apple, we expect the ‘iWatch’ to be unveiled with the iPhone 6 in September.

That is basically just about the longest trip you can make for a pretty easy guess, especially considering the iWatch will likely require an iPhone with iOS 8 to function, and iOS 8 isn't out until the fall. We didn't really need any supply chain info to guess that the iWatch is most likely coming this fall, just like we don't need the same supply chain info every year to tell us that Apple will release its new iPhone in September. At this point, we're more surprised when info points to Apple releasing mobile hardware anytime of the year other than September/October. 

That said, the guesswork on pricing is much more interesting in this case. Rumors about the iWatch pricing have varied wildly, but White is putting his estimate in the $200-230 range. That makes the iWatch far cheaper than many have been expecting, and it would price the iWatch significantly less than the Samsung Gear 2. That price range would make more sense if the iWatch is planned more as a health tracker than as a fashion accessory, as you might expect from Apple. 

Anyway, we only have a few months left before real information could be coming. But, that does mean a few more months of the endless rumor mill. 

source: Barron's

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posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:23 2

1. Qbancelli (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Yawn...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 20:59

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


it won't be that cheap. my guess 300-389$

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:26 1

2. Calm_down_mon (Posts: 35; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


No way ...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:30 2

3. wilsong17 (Posts: 1095; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


500 for a apple logo

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:46

4. Sauce (unregistered)


My dog just predicted the same thing..No way this can be such a phenomenon

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:54 2

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My protein powder shaker predicted this last week.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:01 1

6. Sauce (unregistered)


Aren't those things great? The ones with the metal ball inside right? Bought one for my friend for Christmas

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:44

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol, I bought 5 from walmart two weeks ago. I love em, no clumps at all bro. That metal ball, beats a strainer any day.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:11 1

7. fzacek (Posts: 2234; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


At least twice that much. There is no way that Apple will not try to rip people off with this device, just like they have with every single one of their previous products...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:46 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Get laid.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:51

10. Sauce (unregistered)


Im almost sure he doesn't now what that means lmfao

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:25

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed lol.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 21:31

23. fzacek (Posts: 2234; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


You guys are funny, lol...
*Looks up what "getting laid" means*
Yeah, I need a life...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 21:47 2

24. Sauce (unregistered)


Glad you came to that conclusion :)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:04

11. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1257; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


thats a 4 to $500 dollar iwatch..not less than a gear but less than a iphone..lol..

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:09

12. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1252; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


$200 for tracking heart only $425 for what the rest will do

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:21

13. networkdood (Posts: 6328; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Awesome, more ANALysts predictions about redundant tech that iFans will overpay for....coool, time to buy some stock in APPLE, so that I can make this frenzy work for me....

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:39

15. Sauce (unregistered)


I thought you were an intelligent one..yet I was mistaken lol.
Just another #FANDROID xD

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 19:29

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I figured that out a while ago.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 19:34

17. Sauce (unregistered)


I normally skip past his posts when I see that stupid name of his because they are always a few paragraphs of nonsense no one honestly gives a sh*t about lol….So coulda' fooled me :D

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 19:48

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Him, and Arte are the two biggest trolls on PA, spouting crap constantly.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 19:57

19. Sauce (unregistered)


Im a troll that trolls the trolls.

Justice Troll?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 20:01

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's what pisses them off.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 20:10

21. Sauce (unregistered)


I know. EVERY time. Lol! They never know how to swallow their pride and stfu haha. Wonder how many heartbeat monitors I made effective lmao

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 22:04

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Arte is the worse, at least network can spell, and properly punctuate.

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