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Apple to launch Apple iWatch in the second half of 2014, priced between $149 and $229?

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Apple to launch Apple iWatch in the second half of 2014, priced between $149 and $229?
With the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch expected to see the light of day on September 4th, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note III (and the Sony Xperia Z1 AND the EspressOn interchangeable lens), Samsung has already beat out Apple in the so-called arms race which puts both companies in unusual positions. For example, how would history have been different if Samsung had launched a touchscreen smartphone before the OG Apple iPhone?

Apple has had some problems with the iWatch and has been aggressively hiring engineers to get the watch finished. When will that be? According to an analyst at CIMB Group, Apple's smartwatch will be released  in the second half of next year. The analyst says that the device will be priced between $149-$229 and that consumers will purchase the iWatch as a replacement for their Apple iPods. The analyst expects 63.4 million units of the iWatch to ship in 2014.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 28 Aug 2013, 01:02 1

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder if Apple would have made the announcement if Sammy hadn't beat them to the punch?

Nothing like being second to the party...

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 01:15 2

3. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


None of them will be the
first

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 02:13 5

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sammy is first of the big boys. This is following a well-worn trajectory - trail is blazed by entrepreneurs; once market validation occurs, big boys step in and eat the entrepreneurs Lunch. Only hope for entrepreneurs is to be acquired (Apple as second to the party if it can't get its home-grown act together), or leverage a patent portfolio to keep the big boys at bay while it ramps up and rides a wave (IDK if this is even possible in the smartwatch segment).

Entrepreneurial Darwinism.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 07:26

17. bucky (Posts: 1390; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Samsung would have not bothered with the watch if they didn't hear apple was pushing for it.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 07:36

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Neither would have considered a smartwatch a few years back. It took entrepreneurs to blaze the trail.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:14

22. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Sounds like you aren't familiar with how R&D works, and how long it takes to create a product and bring it to an announcement date like Sept 4. Simple truth is both companies have been working on a watch for some time now, it's just coming to the public attention recently.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 03:28

7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1829; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


But will it blend?

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 03:51 2

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


please be quiet....

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 05:16

13. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)


this article has a stupid author

sammy wouldn't be the second without apple being the first,touchscreen device been around for a long time(think O2 device),just nobody make them interesting until apple did

sammy and the rest of the world would still do plastic keyboard phone if apple didn't spark the public interest on touch screen phone

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 07:09 1

16. PAPINYC (Posts: 2276; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I hope Samsung's looks better because this Apple thing is atrocious; I wouldn't be caught dead with that thing on my wrist.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:11

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


+1
I'm thinking that just about any other design would look better then this does too.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 01:07

2. jimjam (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Sounds like yet another analyst trying to manipulate apple stock.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 02:06

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Where do you think the 'analyst' got their idea from? Certainly not out of their a-hole.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 03:40

10. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


I don't know about that 63 million number. Launching in the second half means that it will be aroun the timeof the next iPhone. That will likely mean that some people will have to choose which one. I doubt most wil opt for the watch. But who really knows?

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:56

27. jimjam (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


so naive Doug

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:25 1

29. iampayne (Posts: 236; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Actually thats probably exactly where they got it, they don't call them ANALyst for nothing hahaha..... no? lol

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 02:12 1

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2605; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Too costly...

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 03:37 2

8. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 185; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


For an Apple product I think $149 sounds too cheap, it needs to be more like $500 to keep the rif-raf away.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 04:51

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2605; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Add $50 more to that and you'll get a Nexus 4. :)

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 03:37

9. SonyPS4 (Posts: 250; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I doubt Smartwatch will be succesful. Maybe for short time but then it will fade quickly. Most people that I know still wear watch just for status or fashion (rolex, swiss) and student at school (that prohibit phone).

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 06:24

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Exactly! I've worn watches for over 20 years and my arm feels good being naked. We are already tied to our phones. I don't want to be tied to a watch and phone.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 06:33

15. Eonnaydra (Posts: 204; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


This is not true.Just the Apple's logo costs 400 dollars.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 07:44

19. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The watch will feature a premium price jus' cuz' Apple. And I'll lol if 65 million things ship.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:05

20. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


And no apps will work for it until the developers update them to fit that screen size......again x2

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:16

23. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Still leaving out the most critical piece of information, battery life. Until that's solved, this will always be a tiny niche market. I'm a watch fan and wouldn't mind getting a smart watch but not if the battery only lasts a few days.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:19

24. dorianb (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


For example, how would history have been different if Samsung had launched a touchscreen smartphone before the OG Apple iPhone?

Something like this maybe....
http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=667

FACT CHECK works wonders.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:33

25. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


i would rather wait to see wat googles smart watch will look like.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 08:46 1

26. Mrmark (Posts: 139; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


iWatch Nano lol! Wow replace there iPods? Analyst are very funny!

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 09:06

28. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


A little late to the party don't ya think?

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:26

30. iampayne (Posts: 236; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Very vague and this all sounds more like someone throwing darts at a dart board.

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