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

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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11 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Commercially it will probably be successful, technologically probably a failure. They're just making it way too complicated for the crowd that usually uses their products. Where as Google went with a focused and easy to use methodology for Wear, Apple seems to have gone too complicated for the Apple watch. Well, can't to watch people randomly turning dials and mashing their fingers trying to click the right icons on the tubes.

2. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

And Google is bragging about the material design. They have nothing else to offer.

11. TerryTerius unregistered

... What exactly does the design language of Android 5.0 have to do with a comparison between Android Wear and the Apple Watch? I don't remember Google ever saying anything about Material Design in comparison to the Apple Watch at all, at any point, and in any context.

6. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

noway Apple will produce complicated device....boom around should make interest and hold on buyers to buy anything else than wait for iWatch. Finally it will be just notification companion with some kind of stepcounter as a added value. No matter what it will be -- al of those millions of sold iPhones are waiting for iWatch to make their owners lifes complete!

3. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

I find it a bit worrying that they're using a custom designed SiP and still only expect the battery to last a day. I figured the main reason that the current Android Wear devices' battery life was so poor was down to them using off the shelf SoCs that were designed for other purposes and things would improve once SoCs designed for the purpose started being used next year. Perhaps that not the case though and we'll need to see a big leap in battery tech to see serious improvements and that's probably years off.

7. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I believe it's mostly due to their tiny batteries. Android Wear devices (except the Moto 360) run on Snapdragon 400 with up to three cores disabled at a time, which sounds extremely frugal.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Force Touch sounds interesting

5. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Another promotion gimmick...give a low end hardware a special name like "retina" and there you go....so "Force super duper iTouch technology" will be just a normal display produced by LG or Samm or Sharp with some kind of gimmicky resolution (not 320x240 or something usual) ...it will be special 264,8x198,6 retina

8. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I just waiting when someone will start writing how Apple shouldn't use the word "display" in their materials, because it's a marketing gimmick. This display is rather great, it's actually the first AMOLED for Apple, we will see what they could bring with that technology. And "Force supre duper iTouch technology" is silly as Apple never uses so cubersome names. And why should it have a "gimmicky" resolution ?

10. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

It's a good concept, but remembering if you press or touch something will be confusing to remember, and if you are wearing thin gloves you can't press.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apples bread a butter? Lol they are the king of bezels and their 4.7 inch screened phobes are as big as LG's 5 inch phones. You ifan editors slay me.

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