It is rumored Apple is set to release the iWatch before the end of 2014, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. This is first product that Apple will have launched since the iPad launch in 2010, which invented tablet computing as we know it. Even more significantly, this will be the first new Apple product launched since the passing of Steve Jobs. The question is, will it have the same impact as the iPad?
Although details of the iWatch are have not been confirmed it is believed that the watch will come in two separate sizes 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches, and will naturally integrate with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Speculation still surrounds other details of the iWatch such as the sapphire cover lens, biometric recognition and NFC chip. Given Apples resistance to adopt NFC to date and instead focus on iBeacon, NFC adoption seems unlikely to us. However, if they did adopt NFC, then likely all other iOS devices from this point would also adopt NFC, which would herald the “mainstreaming” of NFC.
With the whole world watching for the first “post-Jobs” new Apple product, it’s clear that Apple are only going to release an iWatch if it is amazing. They are reportedly working hard to overcome some of the early complaints with smartwatch’s such as the Samsung’s Galaxy Gear which suffered from poor battery life and charging issues by incorporating wireless charging and a 200 to 250 mAh battery power that will power an energy efficient chip.
A large criticism of Samsung Galaxy gear line, and the coming Android Wear watches, is that they’re effectively just expensive notification screens that require an Android device to piggy back off . So if Apple do release iWatch, are they going to solve this by having it function as a stand alone device that doesn’t need an iOS device to link to?
Analyst Kuo predicted the top of the line iWatch to to sell for thousands of dollars, which to us this seems excessive, compared to the top of the line iPhone. Kuo predicted iWatch to be released late this year, so I guess only “time will tell” (pun intended).