Apple iWatch could be unveiled September 9th, but might miss the holiday shopping season

Apple iWatch could be unveiled September 9th, but might miss the holiday shopping season
A few days ago, we told you that Apple's rumored wearable device just might join the Apple iPhone 6, at the company's September 9th event. On Friday, Re/code's John Paczkowski said that his sources have told him that even if the device is unveiled a week from Tuesday, "it’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it." He added that the wearable (which interestingly he refuses to call the iWatch), won't be on anyone's wrist for months.

Paczkowsi added that the device won't be made available to retail buyers until after the holiday shopping season. "Think early 2015," he says. Obviously Apple would have preferred to have the iWatch, or whatever it will be called, all ready to go before the frantic holiday shopping season. This is an advantage for other manufacturers that have already released smartwatches including LG and Samsung.

Despite the fact that other smartwatches have been released, there is a sense that Apple has put too much pressure on itself to create a wearable with new features not yet seen from the competition. On Wednesday, the Samsung Gear S was introduced with a curved two-inch display, and the ability to make and take calls independently.

The report today dovetails with a report last month stating that iWatch production has been delayed until the fourth quarter of this year.

source: Recode via SeekingAlpha

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15 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hopefully LG will adopt the same approach with the "R" and not ship it until the battery lasts at least a week before charges. I don't think a lot of people want to charge both a smartphone and a smartwatch every day. Sure, some will do it just to have the new tech. But charging a bunch of devices all the time gets old fast.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is bad for Apple. We are announcing a new watch that you won't be able to get until next year. If you are going to charge a phone anyway. Then why not charge the watch at the same time as well. I like the Moto 360 because of its wireless charging. That means you just have to place it on the wireless charger next to your bed. I wonder if you can also charge it with the wireless charger for the phone. A week on a charge is not need for me. It would be nice, but its not needed.

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

We are announcing an eye piece that you will not be able to get until 5 years from now.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Your talking about Google glass right? Lol! By the way, the original iphone was announced 6 months before launch. This is nothing new. The Mac was the most recent product to get announced, but released later. As far as current smart watches.......lol! Current watches aren't selling and Android Wear is horrible. The new lg and Sammy watches will be forgotten on sept 9. The only thing Apple needs to do is announce it. It's game over after that. Media coverage of this thing will be crazy!

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I doubt Apple is going to announce something that isn't shipping for 3-4 months or more. The smartwatch market today is so small there is no reason to do this. Personally, I have been spoiled by the Note 3. Once you get rid of the bloatware, it often lasts 3-4 days on a charge with minimal usage. Wireless charging would certainly help make smartwatches easier to deal with. But wireless chargers often take longer to charge, so if you forgot to charge your watch, you cannot do a "quick fillup" in the morning before you leave the house. I suppose I don't perceive enough value in a smartwatch to want one that ends up as little more than another item on my todo list. Hopefully this perception will change as better smartwatches become available :)

4. engineer-1701d unregistered

that will be years away, i charge mine every night no big deal

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Off topic to some extent, but this is an absolute riot: “Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.” “Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.” “Just avoid holding it in that way.” http://9to5mac.com/2014/08/29/seeing-through-the-illusion-understanding-apples-mastery-of-the-media/

7. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

They will have it perfected before releasing it.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Like with Apple Maps?

12. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Guess what mapping services kept redirecting me every turn by turn it would give me last week on the way home from JFK. Not Apple Maps lol. I've never had a problem with Apple Maps, and have been fortunate, unlike others. Apple Maps WAS rushed out early, but at least it's not like other OEMs who rush out products half-assed every several months/year to keep up with Apple lol.

13. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Keep up with? Please, mention a few examples of features where other manufacturers have to catch up/keep up with Apple... Besides sales of a single model, I can't think of any.

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This guy said there is nothing else Apple can do that hasn't already been done lol! Other than wireless charging, Apple basically had current smart watches back in 2010.

11. TechWorld_Observer

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

First units are looking great. I think they are missing something else which might be in future generations, but I tell you something: LG and Samsung will be envying while saying "why didn't we think of that when we made ours?" Anyway... #WishWeCouldSayMore #992014 ;)

14. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

First units looking great? You haven't seen anything but fan renderings, which is to say guesswork... Lol!

15. TechWorld_Observer

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

&codehint: #WishWeCouldSayMore @ManusImperceptus & ;) #992014

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