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Is the iWatch delayed already?

Apple still hasn't announced a timeline for iWatch production, but a report suggests manufacturing may start later than many have anticipated.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that Apple will start mass producing the smart watch in November, pushing back a previous September estimate, 9to5Mac reported. The change dropped estimates for 2014 shipments by 40 percent to 3 million watches, Kuo wrote in the report.

Attendees gather at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center in June in San Francisco.
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Attendees gather at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center in June in San Francisco.

Kuo attributes the delay to challenges with more complex software and hardware in the watch, a first generation product. 9to5 Mac noted that Kuo "has provided relatively accurate information" on previous Apple releases, but "frequent misses on timing."

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The report added some predictions for the watch's features:

  • Felxible AMOLED display
  • Sapphire coated display cover
  • Higher waterproof standards
  • New system-on-a-chip components

Read 9to5Mac's full story here.

— By CNBC staff

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