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

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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29 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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...

3. yudi.nemesis unregistered

None of them will be the first

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

17. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

22. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

But will it blend?

11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

please be quiet....

13. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 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

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

2. jimjam unregistered

Sounds like yet another analyst trying to manipulate apple stock.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

10. Pdubb

Posts: 250; Member since: Aug 08, 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?

27. jimjam unregistered

so naive Doug

29. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Too costly...

8. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

9. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 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).

14. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

15. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

20. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

23. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

24. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

25. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

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

26. Mrmark

Posts: 412; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

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

28. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

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

30. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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

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