The Apple Watch price has been tipped by an analyst, who suggests the wearable tech will be more of an iPod than an iPhone replacement.
An analyst at the CIMB Group has predicted that the Apple iWatch will be priced somewhere between $149 - $229 (£96 - £147) when it launches sometime next year.
Estimated Apple iWatch sales for 2014 are predicted to reach 63.4 million units, but the analyst suggests the iWatch won’t launch until the second half of next year.
Tipped to be more of an iPod replacement than a iPhone companion by the CIMB analyst, we expect that the iWatch will be able to rival smartwatches from its competitors.
Sony already unveiled its SmartWatch 2 wearable device, and with Samsung launching the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4 at its pre-IFA Unpacked event, Apple will have quite a few rival devices on the market before its own.
Apple iWatch Rumours
Some suggest that an Apple iWatch release date could be as early as this winter, but it would be unwise for Apple to push the launch if the product isn’t quite ready yet.
The Apple iWatch should have a 1.5-inch touch screen similar to the iPod nano.
A recent patent filing suggested that the iWatch could have a curved battery that means the device will fit the wearer more comfortably.
“A curve is formed at one end of the battery cell during the manufacturing process” or it could link together “at two ends”.
Earlier in the year it was reported that Apple had a 100 strong team working on the iWatch product, made up of “managers, members of the marketing group, and software and hardware engineers who previously worked on the iPhone and iPad.”
The Cupertino company has been filing Apple iWatch patents in Japan, Mexico and Taiwan in the past couple of months, adding fuel to the rumours an iWatch launch is imminent.
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