Last we heard Apple was testing a 1.5-inch OLED display for the device and ordered 1,000 trial units from Foxconn. But if you were hoping that Apple would release an iWatch this year then you might be slightly disappointed.
The reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has stated in a new research report it won’t be making its debut until the second half of 2014. Kuo spoke to MacRumors and has said that the reason for the delay lies with both the hardware and software of the iWatch.
Apple may not have adequate resources to develop an iWatch version of iOS because it may require big changes to iPhone and iPad iOS this year. In addition, wearable device components aren’t mature. For these reasons, we think mass production of the iWatch is more likely to begin in 2H14, not 2H13 as the market speculates.
According to Kuo that iWatch will feature a 1.5-2.0 inch display and unsurprisingly believes that Apple will essentially clone the old iPod Nano to create it, drawing upon the same components such as the main processor and touch technology.
Currently, the iPod nano uses the same GF2 touch technology as used by the iPad mini. Since the size and computing ability requirements of the iWatch are similar to those of the iPod nano, we think iWatch will use iPod nano’s GF2 touch technology and AP [application processor].
Lastly Kuo has said that he believes biometrics will be a key feature for the iWatch, allowing for increased security and opening the door to broader health-related applications. Considering that the iPhone 5S has been rumored to feature a fingerprint scanner, it would make sense that Apple would want to make the experience the same across all of its mobile devices.