iWatch likely to launch in second half of 2013, says analyst

With rumours of an 'iWatch' circling around for some months and WWDC just around the corner, many users were looking forward to a launch at Apple's annual conference. Citi analyst Glen Yeung says otherwise, however, suggesting that a launch is more likely in the second half of the year.

CNET reports that Citi's Glen Young believes Apple's supply chain will start cooking up the wrist-worn technology this month with a view launching in Q3 or early Q4 this year. Parts suppliers are reportedly ready to begin production, and Glen Yeung thinks a second-quarter (Q4) launch as "increasingly likely".

We believe iWatch is in a greater state of readiness, with the suppy chain now waiting for the production go-ahead from Apple. We suspect the go/no-go decision will be made in June and are leaning towards a 'go' outcome at this time.

As is customary with Apple, who last year said it was "doubling down on secrecy", there's no official word yet on a release date or even the existence of a high-tech 'iWatch'. Speaking at the D11 conference hosted by AllThingsD last month, however, the company's CEO Tim Cook suggested wearable computing is an "incredibly interesting" area for the company.

Whilst, given the above analyst's comments, the release of such a device at WWDC 2013 is unlikely, Neowin have offered a full round-up of what we're expecting on Monday from the company.

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i could only see me buying this thing if its vastly superior to current sports watches. cycling, running, gps stuff, weather forecasts/alarms, that kind of thing.
but if its showing me mails, twitters etc, who the hell needs such a crap?

I hope it doesn't include an alarm; Apple seems to really screw up when DST goes into or out of effect. Plus, you probably can't start using even the timepiece part of it until you sync it through iTunes! And it will likely cost $1299.

I expect any Apple iWatch will be much more than a watch and will include things like
-Notifications
-Control of phone features
-Control of music
-Nike Fuel Band type health monitoring
-NFC or something similar for identity and security removing the need for passwords and supporting ewallet payment type activities
-Wireless charging
-Access to Siri
-More

They call it a watch because you wear it on your wrist, it will be far more than a watch. Just like the iPhone is far more than a phone.

The more I think about it the more I want it. If anyone can do a product like this very well it is Apple. Remember how Apple changed the world of Phones with the iPhone?

derekaw said,
I expect any Apple iWatch will be much more than a watch and will include things like
-Notifications
-Control of phone features
-Control of music
-Nike Fuel Band type health monitoring
-NFC or something similar for identity and security removing the need for passwords and supporting ewallet payment type activities
-Wireless charging
-Access to Siri
-More

They call it a watch because you wear it on your wrist, it will be far more than a watch. Just like the iPhone is far more than a phone.

The more I think about it the more I want it. If anyone can do a product like this very well it is Apple. Remember how Apple changed the world of Phones with the iPhone?

Doubtful, but it doesn't hurt to dream. You'll need to carry spare batteries on your hip...ster to pull that off.

derekaw said,
I expect any Apple iWatch will be much more than a watch and will include things like
/snip

Finally someone who understands this isn't going to be just a watch that shows notifications! It wouldn't take them years to develop that. Tim Cook himself where's a Nike Fuel Band. The one thing missing off you list for me is the ability to link up to HRM straps, so you could have a live graph of your heart rate on the watch while exercising - this would be great to send data directly into apps like RunKeeper as well

ahinson said,
Doubtful, but it doesn't hurt to dream. You'll need to carry spare batteries on your hip...ster to pull that off.

Funny, Blackberry said the same thing about the iPhone when it was shown off on stage!

The iPhone "couldn't do what [Apple was] demonstrating without an insanely power hungry processor, it must have terrible battery life," Shacknews poster Kentor heard from his former colleagues of the time. "Imagine their surprise [at RIM] when they disassembled an iPhone for the first time and found that the phone was battery with a tiny logic board strapped to it."

Read more: http://www.electronista.com/ar...hone.in.2007/#ixzz2Vc5dfnWs

I have to laugh. Phones got smaller and smaller as technology progressed. Then started to get bigger and bigger as their functionality increased. They are now, apparently, so big and cumbersome that we need a secondary device to give us what we had 15 - 20 years ago.

neufuse said,
I bet after this fails [...]

What exactly is "this" ? First they need to announce whatever they may or may not have to announce...

I have a camera watch which gives me 2 hours of video and audio for £37 quid. Functionality is different but price wise, will it compete?

We need wireless (Bluetooth) earbuds... But ... They don't even exist right now! You have no idea how long I have been waiting for a pair of wireless earbuds. I eagerly await more details of this.

I need a watch battery thats lasts for at least once week. Im happy to put my phone on charge each night but Im not putting my watch on there with it. My electric toothbrush needs a weekly charge, I can cope with my watch needing the same if it enhances my accessibility to notifications - Im not going to accept anything less as a consumer.

The battery in my watch has lasted 7 years (and I haven't worn it for the last 3) - without harnessing cold fusion, how are they going to begin to compete with existing tech?

An iwatch? What's next an itoaster? Anyone else think people suggesting apple releasing a watch is an absolute joke,like these guys are so brainwashed with their cult mentality.

I wear a $500 watch that looks like it costs considerably more. I rarely look at it to tell the time, it's there strictly for show, and it accomplishes the goal. IF they could make these watches super slim and sleek or go the other way and make them look like mine, jewelry, they might be more popular. If the one in the picture is close to what Apple might put out, I wouldn't want it even it was free, terrible.

18-25 age group is all so important because it influences the other segments of the market.

Young people do not wear watches. Nor do we want to.

I'm still not convinced that a watch is where they're going with this. Tim Cook acknowledged himself in an interview not too long ago that the watch of people today - especially the younger generation - is their phone. That's a tough habit to get people out of.

pretty nifty for cheating on tests. You can just surf the whole web, perform calculation, and look up reference right from the wrist of your hand. And when someone walks by, you can just switch back to the watch screen

link6155 said,
pretty nifty for cheating on tests. You can just surf the whole web, perform calculation, and look up reference right from the wrist of your hand. And when someone walks by, you can just switch back to the watch screen

We have a ban on digital watches during tests on our school for a reason lol

I want a smart watch however, i do not want one that will run on its own, i want a pebble or something like it that requires a connection to your phone. Just waiting for the battery life and thickness to change. They are currently to thick of watches and the battery life is to low (currenty watch is 5mm thick.

If they can pull off a good looking quality product I'd be interested. It would be nice to interact with your phone while its in your pocket/bag and change songs and what not.

If this is apples next greatest thing, get ready for another slump in stock price because.... no one wears a watch anymore! and if they do its a decent one not some digital crap

psionicinversion said,
no one wears a watch anymore! and if they do its a decent one not some digital crap

Pretty much. If Apple wants this to become successful it's got to have some *very* convincing functionality and come with incredible industrial design. To be honest, at this point I'm having trouble seeing it, but I'm always up for being blown away. In any case, I'd rather see them taking their time and certainly not release something half-hearted just to appease stockholders or the media.

psionicinversion said,
If this is apples next greatest thing, get ready for another slump in stock price because.... no one wears a watch anymore! and if they do its a decent one not some digital crap

it's going to be just like calculator watches

psionicinversion said,
If this is apples next greatest thing, get ready for another slump in stock price because.... no one wears a watch anymore! and if they do its a decent one not some digital crap
Actually most people I see everyday wear watches. It's probably based on where your located though and maybe the social class of people one might encounter everyday. I have to see and deal with a lot of snobs here in Southern California. I have 4 watches personally ranging from an everyday $800 watch to a "special occasion" $5000 watch. My neighbor, an attorney doing pretty well, has a $22000 Patek Phillipe watch. It is a piece of art and is beautiful. He is an Apple fanatic and I can see him buying this watch just to add to his collection.

Edited by JHBrown, Jun 7 2013, 3:14pm :

JHBrown said,
Actually most people I see everyday wear watches. It's probably based on where your located though and maybe the social class of people one might encounter everyday.

And, especially, the age group (!) Even though I'm older than that (and in fact do personally wear a very nice watch), my impression is that if you're under 25 you probably don't wear a watch of any kind. And whatever Apple comes out with, they better make sure it appeals to that segment of the buying public.

psionicinversion said,
because.... no one wears a watch anymore

Barring the eventual possibility of someone making a useful watch, yea. At least see what the hell the thing does before dismissing it completely.

i think its pretty much just going to be a remote control for the iphone with the addition of viewing text messages answering phone calls, using apple maps maybe (but what numb nut is going to be driving down the road looking at his watch for directions), speak into it so siri can log stuff with the phone etc. cant see it selling anywhere near as much as the iphone. also i doubt women will wear it i cant see it being elegant enough. People that love watches and spend $100's on them maybe $1000's are not going to replace that watch with this. In the business world a guys watch is as much a status symbol as what car he drives or what house he owns. they aint gonna use this

I would say most people that like to or have to scrub up well (people in business, sales or people that just like to dress sharp) wear watches.

Seahorsepip said,
"Everyday $800 watch"
You mean $200 for a everyday watch LOL
$800 is already a expensive as hell watch
LOL! In my twenties I couldn't even afford a watch. I am now able to spoil myself a little now without worrying about my retirement. For me spending a couple grand on a watch is not a big deal especially when I will have it for a very long time. A quality watch lasts for decades.