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The rumored iWatch is perhaps the most hyped product that doesn’t exist yet, but if there’s one thing most analysts agree on it’s this: the iWatch is coming. It’s now a matter of when, not if.

Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst for KGI Securities, claims that the iWatch will debut next year sporting a 1.5-2 inch display. Production on the iWatch, according to Kuo, will be ramped up during the second half of next year, meaning a launch much later than other analysts are predicting.

In a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider on Wednesday, Kuo said he does expect Apple to release a wearable accessory, namely the iWatch, sometime in the future, but doesn´t see the company debuting the product any time soon.

Unlike other analysts, Kuo, who has a proven track record in accurately predicting Apple´s product rollouts, believes Apple will ramp up production in the second half of 2014, a period more than one year later than current estimates.

In the report, the analyst mentions Apple will probably enter the wearable computing market with a watch offering, dubbed as the "iWatch," instead of a glasses product like Google Glass. Backing up the claim, Kuo points to the Cupertino company´s recent patent filings related to curved screens and batteries.

"Investors shouldn’t be misled by the word ‘Watch’. We think iWatch will not be positioned as a time-telling device, nor as a device that displays information from other Apple products," Kuo writes. "We are positive on the iWatch because its wearable design is helpful for offering more secure user identification and biometrics functionality."

As rumored just two days ago, Kuo says iWatch will use either a 1.5 or 2 inch panel. However, instead of OLED panels, the device is likely to leverage existing GF2 touchscreen technology, much like Apple´s current iPad mini and iPod nano, as the format is well-suited for small screen applications. Production of the display will probably be handed to Japanese or Korean suppliers.

Source: Appleinsider


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