iWatch packaging concept

It’s been a while since we heard anything on the Apple smartwatch front so today’s report by the Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes (I know, don’t start) asserted that the iWatch is at least a year away. Specifically, the publication claims that the iWatch is expected to release in the second half of 2014.

The device is expected to retail for between $149 and $229. More details right after the break…

According to DigiTimes, Taiwan-based contract manufacturer ODM Inventec is expected to land as much as an CIMB Group-estimated sixty percent of iWatch orders and contribute to about nineteen percent of Inventec’s profits in 2014.

The analyst expects Apple’s iWatch to be priced between US$149-229 and consumers will purchase the device mainly to replace their iPods.

Replace their iPods?

Replace a music player with a smartwatch, seriously?

DigiTimes, pinch of salt, you know the drill.

For what it’s worth, an analyst with CIMB Group said iWatch shipments will hit an estimated 63.4 million units in 2014. Analyst Katy Huberty wrote back in February that the iWatch would present Apple with an $80 billion opportunity , assuming it sells at least 50 million units at an average selling price between $200 and $300.

This could drive an incremental $10 to $15 billion in revenue, or $2.50 to $4.00 in per-share earnings, each year. Besides Apple’s iWatch, a Samsung executive today officially confirmed that the South Korean conglomerate will be introducing its Galaxy Gear wearable concept device with a non-flexible display at the upcoming September 4 event.

  • Dante Arellano

    Fuckk lies!!!!

  • Johnathan Jennings

    I still don’t see a market for the iWatch

    • Pitchy

      I will be getting one.

      One of my favorite things was using my old Nano as a watch. I couldn’t understand why it couldn’t just sync with the phone and display text, email and incoming calls. It’s already being done on the Android side and a few not so well implemented ones on the iOS side.

      • Rowan09

        I will be getting one as well, when I don’t feel like taking out my phone or working out at the gym, this will be great for me.

  • Manuel Molina

    Samsung still copying Apple now with a watch? First phones, not this. Gee Wiz.

    • :0

      Apple copying Pebble? What?

      • Rowan09

        Pebble wasn’t the first smartwatch. Smartwatches has been around for years so no one is copying each other. Nevertheless since Apple is jumping in the game, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, etc are definitely paying attention.

    • Pitchy

      Can’t tell if you are serious or being sarcastic.

    • Wrong.

      Samsung already had a smart watch back in 2009 it’s called s9110. Shutup please.

      • Manuel Molina

        It was a joke. Calm down, people.

  • Osama Muhammed

    why so late ? samsung is releasing its watch in few weeks and it will take over

    • Samsung’s smartwatch – from the mouth of its exec- will be a “wearable concept device”. Also keep in mind that Apple wasn’t first to release a tablet or a smartphone or a music player, for that matter. Apple has never been about being first to market.

      • mehrab

        Apple “we wont be the first, but we will be the best”

      • FOFF

        ji expect apples design to be sleeker

      • FOFF

        and samsungs device will run android and be mediocre at best

      • dpacemaker

        Keywords right there, “wearable concept device”. Who knows when it will come to market. This will probably be a marketing tool to bring customers in from the dumb phone market showing them what they will have in the near future. It’s a smart move, but also a bad one as you let your competition know what you have so they can figure out what you don’t and fill that gap.

    • Masha Suhorukova

      There were never too late for Apple. They are perfectionists.

    • marco1993

      Apple doesn’t always release new products but they make products better i.e. There were smart phones before the first iPhone but when the iPhone came it was the best
      Apple did the same hing with the tablet
      And it did it with the iPod
      I believe this would be the same with the iWatch

  • n0ahcruz3

    With this move, Apple will probably discontinue the nano, shuffle. Its my speculation ofcorse.

    • FOFF

      im expecting some very cool new blutooth apple earbuds to go with this thing… jif they get that right and the design is sleek it will be fantastic

  • Scroatum

    It will cost samesung 100 billion to copy Apple.

  • Tony

    Ouch, not a good price tag. You can get a phone for that price.

  • Nah

    I’ll stick with my analog watches thanks. They’re beautiful, not something a smart watch can compete against in the looks department.

    • Put

      Only tech junkies will fall for those. It’s their money. Android and apple fan can fight to death. I still love my analog watch all day and plus it’s dumb to wear any of those watch out side of your home

  • mav3rick

    This will be their MS Surface.