Hardware upgrades mean Apple has pushed back its launch of the highly-anticipated iWatch, with mass production now expected to start in November, ahead of an early 2015 launch.
That is the prediction of notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has issued a revised note to investors outlining the expected delays.
“We have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/ late- November. We also lower our forecast of iWatch 2014 shipments by 40% to 3mn units,” the analyst wrote.
The delays are due to improvements Apple is making to both the iWatch's hardware and software, Kuo claims.
Kuo also outlined several features he expects to see on the iWatch, including:
Flexible AMOLED display
Sapphire coated display cover
Higher waterproof standards
New system-on-a-chip components
It was previously thought the iWatch, which has not yet leaked from Apple’s supply chain, would enter mass production soon, ahead of a launch either alongside the iPhone 6 in September, or shortly after. The device will mark Apple’s entry to the wearable tech and fitness tracking markets currently occupied by Samsung, LG and Google’s Android Wear software.
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The device is expected to work with the new Health fitness-tracking app bundled with the upcoming iPhone software, iOS 8, which is available to developers now and will launch to the public in the autumn.