Everyone’s waiting for the smartwatch that will finally be a must-have accessory. So many of the watches that have launched to date do a few things well, but come up short in enough other areas that they’ve yet to find mainstream appeal. Recently, bigger players in the smartphone game have been wrapped up in these smartwatch rumors, and we’re now waiting to see if any of them have the chops to take smartwatches to the next level. Samsung’s set to debut its Galaxy Gear in just a week, but we’ve also been keeping an eye out for Apple, and news of its own so-called iWatch. Unlike the Galaxy Gear, we could still have quite a bit of a wait on our hands before Apple’s entry is ready for the spotlight, with new analyst reports pointing to 2014 availability.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the suggestion that an Apple smartwatch wouldn’t launch until next year, and rumors from earlier this summer suggested that Apple was taking the iWatch back to the drawing board, bringing on new people to work on the project.
This new report, however, is based on analysis of the two Taiwanese firms expected to be producing the iWatch for Apple. Supposedly Inventec and Quanta Computer will be making the smartwatch for release next year, which could sell for right around the $200 mark.
That could mean a less interesting 2013 holiday season for Apple, but then again we suppose that it will find itself plenty busy with two new iPhones and two new iPads.