Apple Watch components enter production, S1 processor and Force Touch Retina display in sight

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Apple Watch components enter production, S1 processor and Force Touch Retina display in sight
According to DigiTimes who keeps a watchful eye on Chinese component suppliers, Apple contractors are ready to begin producing parts that will go inside the Apple Watch. Sources estimate Apple will order an initial run of 30 to 40 million units, which goes to illustrate its confidence in the product. After all, we're yet to hear of a smartwatch that sold even 1 million pieces.

Reportedly, the A-Watch is built on a new chip design, instead of relying on the tried and true A-series processors. It's a custom-designed system-in-a-package (SiP) chip named "S1", which contains the device's entire computational component. In addition to what is, in effect, the first processor from a major brand that's dedicated to wearables, the Apple Watch is said to have a Force Touch Retina display that's able to discern between tapping and pressing. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a haptic feedback engine, NFC, and wireless charging are to be found, too. 

That's a lot of tech to fit inside a little watch, but such engineering feats are, in a way, Apple's bread and butter. The Apple Watch will be available sometime in the first half of 2015.

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