Apple ‘to ship more than 63m iWatches in 2014’

One of many mock-ups of how the iWatch might look

Taiwan’s Apple Daily newspaper reported that Quanta Computer will split the “iWatch” orders with Inventec on a 60:40 basis, citing unnamed sources.

Meanwhile, CIMB Securities analyst Wanli Wang projected in a report that Apple might ship 63.4 million units in the first year after its launch, with an average price of around $199 (£128).

Wearable computing devices such as Google’s Glass eyewear are widely seen as the next big thing in consumer electronics, following the huge popularity of smartphones.

In May, Apple CEO Tim Cook did not rule out the possibility of Apple developing a wearable product when he spoke at AllThingsD conference.

He said: “It’s an area that’s ripe for exploration, it’s ripe for us to get excited about. Lots of companies will play in this space.”

Apple has not indicated whether it is working on a smartwatch, but in July the company filed an application to register “iWatch” as a trademark in Japan, under product category for a computer or watch device.

A smartwatch could either operate autonomously or connect to a user’s smartphone and provide updates or information without needing them to consult their phone directly.

Samsung recently revealed in an interview with The Korea Times that its hotly-anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be unveiled on 4 September. Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung mobile, said the device will run on Android, and would not have a flexible display.

“The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways. It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry,” she said.

Google and Microsoft are also reportedly racing to develop their own watch-type computing devices.

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