The iWatch has hit a spot of turbulence on its way to market, a report suggests, in what may prove a boon for rival smartwatch-makers in the battle for a place on tech-fans’ wrists.
According to The Financial Times, Apple has seemingly encountered "hard engineering problems that they've not been able to solve’. Although these aren’t detailed, it’s thought they relate to the iWatch’s design.
To tackle the problem, the gadget-maker has embarked on an “aggressive” hiring drive in a bid to get the device to market in timely fashion.
The FT’s claims come amid separate rumblings that Apple’s debut in the realm of wearable technology may not land until next year.
Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, whose tip sheet when it comes to Apple is remarkably on-the-money, forecast that the iWatch will drop in late 2014, as Apple works to ensure the recently hugely overhauled iOS software is ready.
Ming also posits that the peripheral will pack the same fingerprint technology that’s tipped to feature in the iPhone 6 and iPad 5 to boost Apple devices’ security credentials.
Although Apple has yet to officially acknowledge it is working on a smartwatch, CEO Tim Cook’s revelation from earlier this year that wearable is a “key branch of the [company’s] tree” was the biggest hint yet that the iWatch is on its way.