iWatch: Supply Chain Report Says It Might Not Hit Shelves This Year

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Those of you who are excited about the smartwatch market and iWatch’s eventual release might be aware that, a couple of days ago or so, a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple’s iWatch might not see the light of day earlier than 2015. Supposedly, some of the reasons for the alleged delay lie in the difficulty to integrate the hardware and software, and in the manufacturing process itself.

Sadly, the aforementioned report was given more weight yesterday, when a new supply chain report emerged suggesting that the iWatch might indeed fail to hit the shelves in 2014. You’ll find the rest of the story right after the break.

iWatch: Supply Chain Report Says It Might Not Hit Shelves This Year

iWatch: Supply Chain Report Says It Might Not Hit Shelves This Year

iWatch: Release Date Might be Delayed Until 2015

According to sources of China’s Economic Daily News, Apple’s suppliers which are designated to manufacture the iWatch’s components have been notified that they should be ready to start delivering the hardware, to the assembly locations, as early as next month. Apparently, the assembly process will commence in September, and according to this new data, the yield will be of only 1 million iWatches per month, not nearly enough to reach the previously rumored 10 million units (per 2014).

In addition, once the components will hit the conveyor belts, it’s estimated that it will take between 1 and 2 months before the final product will be ready. That being said, Apple’s supply chain sources add that the iWatch might arrive a bit too late for a 2014 release date. Either that, or we might see a limited launch that could take place in December.

In the opposite camp, Android Wear should soon get more time under the spotlight, as Motorola’s Moto 360 is expected to make an appearance during IFA. In addition, ASUS’s first Android Wear smartwatch might also be preset at IFA, and according to previous reports, the gadget in question should strike a great balance between quality and affordability.