Apple will launch the Apple Watch next spring, after the 2015 Chinese New Year, a leaked video transcript suggests.
According to 9to5Mac, the transcript is from a video of a speech by Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, who called for employees to conserve their energy ahead of the smartwatch launch.
Describing how Apple is "sprinting a marathon" Ahrendts said: "We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring."
No specific release date was revealed but with spring technically lasting between 20 March and 1 June 2015, it could still be many months before the device is on the shelves.
Since revealing the Apple Watch in September, the Cupertino company has kept the release date vague, officially stating that customers can expect its take on the smartwatch in "early 2015".
With the release window now apparently extending to as late as June, it would appear that Apple may miss its target of getting the Apple Watch to customers in the early stages of 2015.
For Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, this could be a bad turn of events, as the Apple Watch is the first completely new device from the brand since he took over leadership of the company, following Steve Jobs death.
Any delay to the Apple Watch's launch could be down to the fact that Apple supplier GT Advance Technologies is filing for bankruptcy. GT produces the sapphire glass used for to create the smartwatch's scratch-resistant face.
V3 contacted Apple for more comment, but the company has yet to respond.
If speculation about a late-spring launch for the Apple Watch prove correct, its likely that Microsoft will beat Apple to market with the launch its own smartwatch.
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