Contrary to rumors that the iWatch, Apple’s innovative wearable computer, will launch this year, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made a bold prediction that the device will not launch until late 2014. The KGI Securities analyst observes that Apple will take time to harness the resources needed to create an iOS for the iWatch.
Kuo has also given some hints on the possible specs for the iWatch. The display will measure 1.5-2 inches diagonally and will not feature an OLED panel as rumored. He expects the wearable design to allow “secure user identification and biometrics functionality,” so it will not be a time-telling device. Further, Kuo expects the iWatch to incorporate iPod Nano’s GF2 touch technology and application processor. Rumors have been mentioning that Apple’s fingerprint scanning technology will be incorporated in the device.
Apple fans are probably expecting to hear more on the iWatch at the Worldwide Developers Conference scheduled for June. However, Apple has not revealed any official information on such a device. And, as Kuo said, an exclusive iOS version for the supposed iWatch will require more time and effort.
With Google Glass expected to hit the shelves soon, tech enthusiasts are speculating the arrival of the iWatch alongside Google’s glass. Both the devices have grabbed attention for being wearable computers. Google has already released a developer version of the Google Glass and is preparing to launch a consumer version soon. The soon-to-launch Google Glass and the rumored iWatch have been compared to weigh their usability, features and futuristic technology, particularly hands-free operation.
Forecasts that the iWatch will launch late could be of interest to Samsung, which is currently working on a smartwatch. In fact, Samsung has been striving to launch the device before Apple introduces its competing iWatch.