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The Apple iWatch will not hit shelves until 2015 and will miss its rumoured pre–Christmas launch date by months. That’s the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, a man who has previously claimed that Apple’s smartwatch is suffering from production difficulties.

In a new report, Kuo says that while the device will offer a unique take on the nascent smartwatch product category, it won’t be out this year.

This, he claims, is because it “represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software".

Kuo isn’t totally downbeat. He says that the device will be hard to copy and is likely to be some way ahead of its rivals.

That should please those holding out for a smartwatch after the slew of rather disappointing early Android Wear efforts.

Apple is said to be having issues with screen production and producing a high enough quantity of flexible displays for the wearable device.

Kuo could be wrong. Although known for his usual accuracy, Apple may well choose to out the iWatch early, showing it off to consumers and hampering sales of competitors before going on sale next year.

An October launch date has been previously mooted.



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