Analyst: iWatch Coming in 2014 with Biometrics

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Don't hold your breath for an Apple watch in 2013Don't plan on spending your money on an Apple smartwatch this year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He expects the rumored iWatch will surface later in 2014 and that it will include biometric-related features, too.

The reason why the iWatch won't happen in 2013 is because Apple needs to rework parts of iOS and the iPhone and iPad for the device. He stated,

Apple may not have adequate resources to develop an iWatch version of iOS because it may require big changes to iPhone and iPad iOS this year. For these reasons, we think mass production of the iWatch is more likely to begin in 2H14, not 2H13 as the market speculates.

Like other rumors, he expects Apple's smartwatch will use a 1.5-inch or 2-inch touch-sensitive display. That display will likely include the same touch technology Apple is currently using in the iPad mini and iPod nano, and the biometric integration will offer strong security features.

Rumors surfaced a earlier this month suggesting that Apple is currently testing displays for its smartwatch, and that the company has ordered test runs of 1,000 units. Earlier this year, insider sources claimed Apple has over 100 engineers working on its smartwatch product.

So far Apple hasn't offered up any hints as to whether or not or really does plan on selling its own smartwatch device. the KGI report is right, we likely won't have any official confirmation until sometime in late 2014.

[Thanks to Mac Rumors for the heads up]

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It's a pretty safe bet that Apple is experimenting with wearable technology in its labs, and that most likely includes watch-type devices. Whether or not any of those products ever make it to market remains to be seen, and it's also a safe bet they won't make it out of testing if Apple doesn't think they'll be market changing devices.

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I just can’t see this happening, unless they treat it like a “hobby” product like apple TV was at the start.  For too many people, male and female, a watch is more like a piece of jewelry or part of their style than something functional.  I hardly ever glance at mine to see what time or day it is, but I wear it every day because I like how it looks. Maybe its just me but I don’t see many people replacing their everyday watch with an iwatch.  I could see people using one as a workout device if the biometric rumor is true, but I doubt apple wants to make something with such a narrow focus.

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