updated 01:00 pm EDT, Fri August 29, 2014
Delay said to be analogous to launch of first-gen iPhone
While Apple may show off the iWatch at its September 9 event, the product won't ship for several months, sources tell Re/code's John Paczkowski. He suggests that the product could ship as late as early 2015, missing the critical holiday season. The delay is likened to the first iPhone, which was announced in January 2007 but didn't ship until that summer, although Paczkowski comments that the delay won't necessarily be that long.
If true, the claim may explain why no parts for the iWatch have leaked so far. Even specifications have remained ambiguous, with conflicting rumors about screen size, shape, and technology. The device is expected to have a number of different health and fitness sensors -- possibly beyond those in most fitness trackers -- but no report has made any definite claims.
The September event will likely concentrate on the iPhone 6. Apple is at least expected to showcase a 4.7-inch model, and may also reveal a 5.5-inch one.