It’s been widely expected that Apple’s first smartwatch — rumored to be called the iWatch — will launch early this fall. However, a new report has surfaced that the device may not hit the initial target launch date.
According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iWatch is now planned to debut later than originally expected, thanks to complications with both hardware and software.
Kuo stated, according to AppleInsider, that mass production of the iWatch will be pushed back from September to mid- or late-November. The later-than-planned production of the device has lead to the lowering of forecast shipments for the iWatch in 2014 to about 3 million devices, which is down from the original forecast of 10 million shipments.
Kuo claims that the main challenge, in terms of software, for Apple regarding the iWatch is redesigning iOS to fit on a much smaller screen while still maintaining “interoperability” with the iPhone and iPad.
As far as hardware complications go, Kuo stated that the company is stepping away from its usual cache of hardware to more advanced and detailed materials, which has made the device hard to manufacture.
The iWatch is rumored to have a flexible AMOLED display, which is something Apple has never done before for a consumer product.
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