“While rumors of Apple bringing a smartwatch to market have been discussed for years, it is now reaching a crescendo with analysts providing new fodder. In the past week, both Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Muster and DisplaySearch VP of the Greater China Market David Hsieh weighed in,” Jamal Carnette writes for The Motley Fool.
“Munster, who conceded he’s been wrong before, expects the ‘iWatch’ will become a reality in 2014,” Carnette writes. “David Hsieh is even more specific: ‘Apple’s wearable iWatch is expected to come with an 1.7-inch OLED display for men’s watches and a 1.3-inch OLED screen for women.'”
“Lackluster competition and Apple’s rumored plans could make Apple’s smartwatch a must-have product,” Carnette writes. “How are the current participants faring?
In a word, poorly: Apple’s biggest competitor, Samsung, reportedly has an astonishing 30% return rate in Best Buy locations. It appears the functionality is severely limited as a stand-alone unit — it must be paired with a Samsung Galaxy device for optimum functionality.”
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Apple to make two iWatch models: 1.7-inch display for men, 1.3-inch for women, sources say – November 13, 2013