Previously believed to launch in late 2013, Apple’s iWatch should arrive in late 2014, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo claims that the iWatch will use a 1.5- or 2-inch display and GF2 touch technology, components similar to ones previously found in the iPod nano and iPad mini, respectively. However, Kuo believes the iWatch won’t be seen until late 2014 because Apple does not have the resources necessary to develop an iWatch-specific version of its iOS platform, and that there would be a scarcity of components needed to meet high demand. He also expects the device to feature biometrics, secure user identification, and iOS integration.
In a note to investors, Kuo wrote, “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.” As noted on our rumor page about the device, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a name closer to “iBand.” [via Apple Insider]