Apple’s rumored iWatch is making a lot of buzz at a time when Apple fans are busy speculating the release of the next iPhone and iPad. The latest buzz is that a new iPhone advertisement features someone wearing a smartwatch, sparking off rumors that Apple is hinting at its iWatch.
While Apple has said nothing about it, analysts are expecting iWatch to have a big role in raising revenue for the company, alongside the next iPhone. Recalling the release date of iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 last year, many are expecting the successors – iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 – release date could be in September-October this year. There are possibilities that the iWatch will accompany the new handsets.
Sources are expecting the iWatch to come with the iOS 7, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, which is expected on the next handset. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the iWatch will not debut until late 2014, giving the time, effort and resources required to create an iOS version for the smartwatch. Nevertheless, tech geeks are eagerly waiting for some news on the device at the forthcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, during the latest earnings call, said that the company is working on new hardware, software and services that will be introduced this fall and through 2014. Analysts are predicting that Apple has a big line of products for 2013, including upgraded Apple TV, iPads, iPods, iMacs, MacBooks, iPhones, and the supposed smartwatch, i.e., iWatch.
Apple is probably waiting till late 2013 to release its products because of production issues. Sources relate the issues to the departure of top executives from Apple’s China partner Foxconn, which handles mass production. Or, it is Apple’s tactic to maximize the sales of iPhone 5 released in 2012. Regardless, rumors about the iWatch release alongside other Apple devices are abounding.