The Apple iWatch for 2014?
Reports have emerged claiming that the Apple iWatch may be coming our way in 2014. According to ZD Net, two Taiwanese firms that usually build devices for Apple have been given the go ahead to build the iWatch as well.
“Apple is likely to introduce ‘iWatch’ in 2014. From our channel checks, Inventec is the major assembly source for ‘iWatch’, with about 60 percent of order allocation” said Wanli Wang of the banking firm CIMB.
Out of the two rumored manufacturing firms, Inventec is going to have to manufacture 60% of the projected 64 million devices with Quanta computer following up with the rest. The report further stated that Apple has more than 100 engineers working on the top-secret project.
This will be a particularly interesting release as this will be one of the first time in the past few years when Apple is actually following the rest of the tech giants in a trend instead of leading the way with its innovative devices. Smartwatches are already said to be in the works at Google and Samsung with both of whom are planning to introduce them this year instead of 2014 in order to get the advantage of the empty marketplace.
If the smartwatch devices from both these companies prove to be successful and are innovative and popular enough, it may result in a much harder market to break into for Apple as both of these companies will make sure that Apple has as tough time establishing itself.
In addition to Google and Samsung, a number of Kickstarter projects have also arisen that offer innovative smartwatch ideas and plan to manufacture them by the end of the ear as well. The biggest example of such a project is the Pebble smartwatch project which holds the record for the most funded successful campaign in Kickstarter history.
Still, the Apple brand still has a lot of loyal customers on its side who may choose to buy the iWatch even if just for the sleek Apple look and its logo on the back. We have witnessed this brand loyalty again and again with the release of every new iPhone or iPad who even with very few new features have always set sales records across the globe and we think the iWatch will be no different. But only time will tell if that turns out to be a case or not.
[Via: Android Authority]