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Apple’s iWatch may launch in 2014 with biometric tech

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has pencilled Apple's much-rumoured smart watch in for a late 2014 launch and shared some thoughts on what it might feature

Sony Smart Watch
Apple’s iWatch could look a little different to these early renders

Apple’s iWatch will launch in late 2014 and feature iPod nano parts and biometric technology.

The claim, from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, cites both hardware and software issues as a reason for the launch date which comes a bit later than market speculation. According to Kuo:

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 2014, not 2013 as the market speculates.

Unsurprisingly, Kuo believes the iWatch will borrow various components and technology from the iPod nano, the product that currently comes closest to the rumoured smart watch’s size and form factor:

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].

Kuo’s report concludes that biometrics will form a key part of the watch’s feature set. This not only could lead to higher security and more health-based features but a greater possibility of it working alongside other devices.