Feeds

Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

Fruity firm's November target may slip to the right

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Problems with Apple's sapphire glass supply chain could mean the Apple iWatch will only be released in small numbers this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted.

The latest leaked note from the respected KGI Securities bod has claimed that production of the iWatch will be moved back September to November.

Kuo also revised down his estimate of the volume of iWatch production from five million units this year to just three million units.

Half of these may not even come with the chimerical sapphire glass, with Apple falling back on boring old legacy glass, he added.

Kuo previously predicted that iWatch production will begin in earnest later this year, with the first iWatches emerging from factories in November. They will be available in two sizes, he suggested: one model with a 1.6-inch screen, the other with a 1.8-inch display.

Kuo's warning is the latest hint that all is not well in Apple's sapphire glass production process. Earlier this week, an analyst from TrendForce claimed there simply isn't enough sapphire glass in the world at the moment for Apple to release as many iWatches as it would like to – even though Tim Cook's merry men have opened a new factory in Arizona dedicated to making the stuff.

This being Apple, there is every chance this policy could be deliberate. Your correspondent reckons the fruity firm might be interested in choking supply a little to build demand. Naturally, few advertising campaigns work as well as seeing shelves turned barren by the crazed attentions of Apple junkies seeking to get an iHit straight into their wrist.

Would Apple do such a thing? ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS
It's got four KILOWATTS of something, apparently
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.