A source close to Apple’s European retail channel tells NativeMobile
that the wearable device in question will launch November 14th.
Apple, the sources assert, wants the iOS-powered smartwatch available in time for the Black Friday retail rush.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant, however, is still trying to nail down a date for the device's big reveal.
With iPhone 6 set to debut at a dedicated media event on September 9th, it now appears all but certain that iPhone 6 will share the stage alone on that occasion.
"iWatch may not reach consumers for several weeks after it’s officially revealed to the public, likely at a dedicated media event well after the iPhone 6 has soaked up its fair share of the spotlight," report author Scott Parkhouse notes.
"We’ve also learned from information contained in Apple’s non-disclosure agreements with various big box retail partners that shipments of an unnamed and presently unavailable Apple product (presumably iWatch) will escalate into late November and early December, just as the holiday shopping season ramps up," he adds.
The iWatch is expected to retail for $199.
For months, Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised exciting new devices and projects await consumers in Apple's pipeline. To date, we have yet to see what has been promised. But as 2014 heads into the home stretch, all signs point to Apple entering a new product release cycle that could result in its entire iDevice-line being refreshed in addition to the launch of new devices in new product categories.