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Report: Apple Watch Device Won’t Ship Until 2015

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Apple's wrist device patent. (Credit: U.S. Patent Office)

Apple’s wrist device patent. (Credit: U.S. Patent Office)

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By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — The new “wrist wearable electronic device” that Apple is planning to unveil to the world in less than two weeks, may not be available until next year, according to a published report.

Recode reported that a source said “it’s not shipping any time soon.”

The device–which was granted a patent this summer–probably won’t be delivered in time for Christmas, and Recode said to expect deliveries to begin in early 2015.

The big announcement for the device–typically referred to as an iWatch, although it doesn’t have an official name–is expected on Sept. 9 in San Francisco.

A similar lag time happened when Apple launched its iPhone.

The first iPhone was unveiled in January, 2007 by Steve Jobs at the MacWorld conference. It wasn’t delivered until June of that year.

According to Mac Rumors, the wearable device will run a full version of Apple’s mobile operating system and is expected to include multiple sensors, mostly focused on fitness.

Apple was granted a patent for a “wrist-worn electronic device” in July of this year.

According to the patent, versions of the watch can either be connected with a cable to other devices or communicate wirelessly. The patent refers to the device as iTime.

“An incoming phone call, a text message, a social network post, or a news feed directed to a user’s electronic device (e.g., mobile phone) can cause a notification to be provided to a nearby electronic wristband of the user,” according to the patent language. “In effect, incoming messages or data to a user’s electronic device can be pushed (e.g., wirelessly transferred) to the electronic wristband.

Apple is expected to release a new iPhone too.

It will reportedly come in two sizes, 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch. The device may also have an improved camera and will run on Apple’s newest mobile operating system.

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