Unless you’ve been hiding under the proverbial rock for the last two years, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve heard a few rumors about Apple’s expected entry into the wearable tech market. Although supply chain rumors of an Apple smartwatch have been around since at least 2012, speculation about the so-called “iWatch” reached a fever pitch this year after major media outlets like Reuters and The Wall Street Journal began citing unnamed sources who claimed that the device would arrive this fall.
Or will it? The latest supply chain rumors suggest that Apple may delay launching the device due to various production difficulties. Apple, which has built its reputation on creating products that seamlessly integrate hardware and software, is reportedly struggling to achieve its high standards in the smaller wearable format. Earlier this week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note obtained by 9to5Mac that stated, “Apple’s (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software.”
For those reasons, Kuo predicted that Apple’s iWatch launch might be pushed into next year. Kuo’s prediction was bolstered a few days later when “upstream component suppliers” cited by China’s Economic Daily News via GforGames claimed that iWatch shipments would likely top out at a million units per month. According to the sources, this also makes it unlikely that Apple would launch its wearable tech device before the end of the year, unless the company opted for a limited release in December.