It looks like Samsung will beat Apple to market with a smartwatch by at least nine months or perhaps even longer. A new report from Digitimes cites an analyst at Kuala Lumpur-based CIMB Group in stating that Apple’s “iWatch” will likely launch in the second half of 2014. In the meantime, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear has been confirmed for a September 4th unveiling and it is expected to be released sometime in October. The report states that Taiwan-based ODM Inventec is expected to land at least 60% of Apple’s smartwatch orders, which could amount to 19% of the firm’s total profit in 2014. The iWatch will launch with a price tag starting between $149 and $229 according to the report, and the unnamed CIMB Group analyst expects 2014 shipments to reach a whopping 63.4 million units.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.