Well, it looks like Apple is experiencing some difficulty getting the iWatch up and running. According to Jessica Lessin of The Information, Apple is currently experiencing a number of iWatch problems pertaining to battery life along with the screen technology itself. Specifically, Lessin relays that Apple this past year "halted advanced prototyping of some unknown pieces with one manufacturer late last year."
Qualifying that statement, Lessin notes, as did Tim Cook during an earnings conference call some time ago, that news emanating from a lone manufacturer in and of itself may not be a valid data point.
Notably, the report jibes with a previous report we saw earlier this week from Digitimes, which claimed that early production on iWatch prototypes have seen rather low yields on account of issues resulting from surface treatments on the device.
Several wearable devices such as Apple's iWatch and Qualcomm's Toq are reportedly seeing less than 50% yield rates due to difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded (MIM) chassis, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
All told, it's hard to know what to make of these rumors. After all, any new product goes through technical hurdles and challenges before making it to market. The iPhone is a prime example. In Frank Vogelstein's recent book about the Apple/Google rivalry, he recounts how the iPhone was very much a beta product even when Steve Jobs went up and introduced it on stage. It would frequently crash and also experienced connectivity issues, but Apple obviously worked out all of those kinks in time for its June 2007 launch.
Lastly, Lessin relays that Apple has a "sizeable team" working on the project. Recall that Bloomberg many months ago indicated that Apple had about 100 folks working on the rumored device.
All that being said, it's probably well advised to be patient and see what Apple has in store for us in 2014.
On a related note, The Information also adds that former Apple engineer Bryan James, who was originally part of the iWatch team, has since left Apple to work for Nest.
via Business Insider