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Analyst Says iWatch Production Delayed Until November

apple-clockRumors about the iWatch: they come with such regularity that you can, well, set your watch by them. The latest rumor comes from tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims to have some new details regarding the iWatch’s release schedule, not to mention possible hardware features and specs.

According to a post on 9to5Mac, Kuo – who works for KGI Securities of Thailand – has written a report to his clients saying “we have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/late-November.”

“We also lower our forecast of iWatch 2014 shipments by 40% to 3 [million] units,” the report continues. A late-November start for mass production would put the iWatch’s release in early December at the earliest. We’d previously heard rumors that the iWatch would be coming out in October, though this new bit of speculation on Kuo’s part doesn’t change the possibility that the device could still be announced in that month.

Kuo also describes some of the features we’ll be seeing when the iWatch finally appears on Tim Cook’s wrist later this year: a flexible AMOLED display (for which Apple holds a patent), a sapphire screen (the same super-strong material said to comprise the iPhone 6’s display), high-quality waterproofing, and “new system-on-a-chip components.”

As to the veracity of Kuo’s predictions, he’s generally a reliable source in terms of his accuracy in the past; the 9to5Mac post says as much, adding the caveat that his record is spottier when it comes to knowing release dates. Earlier this year, he successfully described the details behind Amazon’s recently revealed Fire Phone. As such, it seems likely that his description of the iWatch’s features can be counted on. Moreover, while the late-November manufacturing timeframe sounds a bit late for guaranteed holiday availability, it doesn’t sound too far off the mark either.

After all is said and done, Apple has yet to actually officially confirm that this device exists at all, despite how much we’ve heard about it day after day, week after week. It seems unlikely that the iWatch won’t appear before the end of the year, but until Apple decides to let the cat out of the bag, all we’ve got left is speculation.

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