Apple latest: iWatch delayed? iTunes cuts song previews + iPhone news

Today's Apple latest features news about the much rumoured iWatch, the 11.3 iTunes update plus the latest surrounding iPhone.

Mass production of the Apple iWatch could be pushed back until November according to an analyst. Ming Chi Kuo is an analyst at KGI Securities, and his predictions often make onto the many unofficial Apple new websites.

Despite previously claiming the iWatch would begin production in September, Kuo has now changed his prediction to November.

He cites the following as his reason for changing the prediction, "We believe developing the hardware and OS of iWatch will be a much more difficult task than for Apple’s existing products."

This is probably news we should all take with a pinch of salt; it's doubtful Ming Chi Kuo has any reliable insider information, plus he has been wrong on multiple occasions before, so who really knows?

The iWatch will be a brand new product line for Apple so there is bound to be some hurdles and challenges that they will face on the way to mass production.

But a company the size of, and with the money of Apple will certainly have contingency plans in place should any spanners get thrown into the works.

Yesterday Apple released iTunes 11.3 that included improvements to iTunes Extra and new features for HD movies.

But users of Apple rumour website MacRumors have discovered that some songs in the iTunes store are only available to preview for 30 seconds, rather than the 90 second length that they played before the update.

Four songs out of the UK top 10 have been cut the 30 seconds, with the remaining six all still at 90.

At this moment it's unclear what the cause of this cut is. It could possibly be a glitch in the new update, or licensing issues might have become a problem as they have been in the past.

The latest news surrounding the iPhone 6 is that an expert from Imperial College London believes the alleged 4.7-inch sapphire glass display that leaked this week could actually be legit.

Professor Neil Alford told The Guardian that the stress tests performed in the various YouTube videos, that included vigorous attempts at scratching and bending the panel, suggest that the part is actually made from sapphire glass.

He said: "In my opinion the screen being shown off in the video could well be a sapphire screen. If you make sapphire thin enough, and it’s flaw free, you can bend it quite considerably because it has an enormous strength."

“I think they will be doing some sort of a lamination – binding different crystal cuts of sapphire together – boosting the toughness of the material, while they may also have induced some sort of a strain in the surface of the glass – either compression or tension – which means that it has extra strength."

Check out the video below showing famous YouTuber Marques Brownlee putting the leaked display through its paces.