Apple iWatch said to go into mass production in November: flexible AMOLED display and sapphire


Apple’s much rumored iWatch will enter mass production in mid to late-November, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo, known for an almost impeccable track record with Apple rumors, revised the estimate for the upcoming iWatch from an earlier projection for a late-September production to late-November in a note to clients.

"We have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/ late- November. We also lower our forecast of iWatch 2014 shipments by 40% to 3mn units," Kuo said in the report.

The delay is due to very challenging new hardware and software engineering issues that Apple has to overcome. With this in mind, Kuo reiterated the four essential features expected in the iWatch:

  • Flexible AMOLED display
  • Sapphire display cover
  • Tougher waterproof standards
  • New system-on-a-chip parts
While the iWatch seems to be delayed to very late into the year, it is allegedly still slated for a release by the end of 2014, in an attempt to catch those very busy last days of the Holiday shopping season.


source: KGI Securities via 9to5Mac

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11 Comments

1. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Pls don't make it like an android wear , if its similar, ill skip the iwatch.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What's wrong with Android wear watches like the moto 360?

2. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I hope it is AMOLED and I am sure it will be. I have the Gear Live and I think the always on display is very impressive. A light sensor which would adjust the watch brightness automatically would make it almost perfect.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I just got mine yesterday. I love my Gear Live. I killed my phone before I killed the watch with all the voice commands and searches.

3. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

I'd like to see what Apple contributes here. All those concepts are ugly as hell.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The moto 360 is really nice, not to mention the Arrow smart watch is really nice as well.

4. iLegend

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

This article is completely copied from 9to5mac.com

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yeah they do that A LOT. Almost an exact replica. Even used the same picture... pretty pathetic.

6. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I still don't quite understand how any of these devices will benefit my life in any way... :-/ People have tried to argue it's plus points with me but every time i just say...'but i can just do that on my phone'...Ok, as a quick glance to see what notification you've just recieved or to adjust the playback volume of your music, thats fine, but this device is going to cost hundreds of your hard earned...personally, if it doesn't act as some kind of teleportation device i think i'm going to be quite dissapointed with the functionality, no matter how cool it looks..

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I just got my Gear Live yesterday. I was doing all kinds of things on it. I could use my voice to send a text message or reply to a hangout. Look up information using my voice. Check my heart rate or how many steps I took. This is done using your voice. You don't have to even touch the watch. Granted you can do this on your phone as well, but then you have to pull out your phone login and check out what's going on. For me I think it added more convenience and made it a little faster. Each to his own I guess.

11. aipom

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

If it has camera, I'll buy it for sure!

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