iWatch Release Date: Launch Delayed Due to Sapphire Issues?

Rumors of the release of Apple's iWatch have been circulating the web for quite a long time already, but the latest speculation suggests that the device could be delayed from September to October, while others believe its coming in November.

DigitalTrends/ImageA mock up of what the Apple iWatch range could look like.

Apple still has confirmed neither the development nor the existence of the smart watch. However, Re/Code and Nikkei, which are purported to be reliable sources, said the rumored wrist item would be introduced in October.

"People familiar with Apple's plans tell Code/red the company hopes to schedule a special event that month to show off the device," as quoted.

It is also purported that the iWatch will likely to be integrated with the new Healthkit app that is to be introduced with iOS8. It is said to display all the essential health-related information recorded by the watch.

Other sources also agreed of the Apple October iWatch unveiling event as it is deemed to be the time for the company to also introduce their new Macs as well as the revamped iPads that will now come with Touch ID.
On the other hand, there are reports that straightly disagreed with the speculated dates.

KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicted the inception of production in late September, but later moved it to late November, MacRumors said. The reason, Kuo pointed out, is the ongoing issue of sapphire glass cover lens production.

This suggested further that Apple could only be shipping half of the targeted units with sapphire-covered features while the other half with the good old Gorilla Glass close at the end of the year.

"Fashion is the name of the game; most expensive model likely priced at several thousand US dollars. Referring to the rules of the fashion market, we predict the iWatch casing and band will come in various materials," he said.

"The most expensive model of the iWatch line will carry a price tag of several thousand US dollars," Kuo added.