KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has previously provided accurate information about Apple’s future plans, recently issued a new research report this week outlining his expectations for Apple’s rumored smart watch device, dubbed the “iWatch.” Despite certain rumors of the device launching later this year, Kuo believes that both hardware and software issues will result in the iWatch making its debut sometime in the second half of 2014. According to Kuo:
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. In addition, wearable device components aren’t mature. For these reasons, we think mass production of the iWatch is more likely to begin in 2H14, not 2H13 as the market speculates.
When it comes to the hardware front, Kuo projects that the iWatch will use a 1.5-2.0 inch display and unsurprisingly believes that Apple will draw on the iPod Nano when it comes to components, particularly with respect to the main processor and the touch technology. This isn’t too much of a surprise given the iPod Nano watch kits providing a good foundation as of right now. Kuo said the following about the topic:
Currently, the iPod nano uses the same GF2 touch technology as used by the iPad mini. Since the size and computing ability requirements of the iWatch are similar to those of the iPod nano, we think iWatch will use iPod nano’s GF2 touch technology and AP [application processor].
The rumors of the smart watch project have been relatively quiet over the past few months, so we’ll have to wait and see if any concrete evidence or information surfaces.
Source: KGI Securities via AppleInsider