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So how's that iWatch coming along, anyway? MacRumors related a few facts it picked up today from The Information, which in turn reveals that Apple's long-awaited gem of wearable tech is mired under concerns about battery life, screen design, and the very process of building the device.
We heard about the battery issues late last year, when news surfaced that Apple was having a hard time getting the prototype devices to hold a charge for more than a few days. Indeed, as you may recall, battery life also proved to be one of the major stumbling blocks for Samsung's poorly received rival smartwatch. Even now, the 105mAH battery allegedly used in the prototype appears to be suffering from the same deficiencies. So much for those projections that we'd see the iWatch in early 2014.
Speculative Concept via: T3
According to The Information, sources state that the screen technology planned for the device has much to do with this battery drainage. In response, Apple appears to be pursuing new technologies to remedy the troubles, although MacRumors notes that multiple rumors have suggested that the Cupertino manufacturer has at least tinkered with OLED screen technology.
Other problems linger. Apple may be struggling to achieve desirable yields on account of the finish treatments for the device's body (although we all know that limited qualities of new Apple products have become something of the norm lately). Apple allegedly even dumped the unknown previous manufacturer of the device, and now most rumors point to Quanta as Apple's new pick to make the tech.
Despite all these troubles — and the recent loss of key iWatch team member Bryan James, who jumped from Apple's ship to join Nest — the iWatch is still expected to make a late-2014 debut.
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