Apple Watch rumored to start production in January, release in February?

Apple Watch rumored to start production in January, release in February?
When Apple announced its Apple Watch, it didn't give much indication of when we should expect to see it available for purchase beyond the nebulous "early 2015" window. There had been rumors before that production on the Apple wearable would start in November, which would have put release in January or February, but now it sounds like the start of manufacturing has been moved back a bit.

The news comes from Apple Daily out of Taiwan, but the report is a bit inconsistent. It begins by saying that the Apple Watch could be released in February, but it goes on to say that production won't start until January. There is no way that one month is enough time to build enough devices for a global launch. For comparison, smartphones tend to go into mass production at least three months before release. So, that part of the report is a bit tough to believe. If the Apple Watch goes to mass production in January, we wouldn't expect a release until March or April at the earliest. 

The more believable part of the report is that Apple has decided that Quanta will be the sole supplier of the Apple Watch. This is an idea that has been reported before, although Foxconn and Inventec are still trying to get into the game. In preparation for the Apple Watch production, Quanta has been said to be in hiring mode, and attempting to bring its total employee count to 40,000. 

So, we're still not quite sure what "early 2015" means, but we're expecting the rumors around mass production should shore up in the next month or two, and that will help target a release date. 

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21 Comments

1. Rydsmith unregistered

Still trying to figure out what the hell they are doing with that device....

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7581; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

5 months away. That's like years in tech.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

i wonder how many changes will come to the ui and design since the uproar of jokes and hate

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Probably capitalizing on the hype of a new industry. They'll wait a year or 2 to copy what features the Android ecosystem pioneers and use rebranding and marketing terms to make it seem like they had some special innovative dealing in them.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

What this device needs is a new battery technology. If you're going to use it as a watch, it will give you no worries, ...... BUT if You use more and more features like bluetooth connectivity, GPS and whatnot, you'll probably going to end up ''nursing'' it half midway thru the day

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

battery and secondary kinetic energy charging for all smart watches since they are moving around all day

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Aluminum with a white band for the Jed.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It's already inferior to other smartwatches and it's still a long time until launch. iFail...

16. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Why buy iwatch when you can just wrap iP6 around your wrist?

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The news in the financial sector is very pro-Apple regarding iWatch and the new HealthKit. Apparently Apple is going to make a lot of money selling health data to insurance companies and in turn the insurance companies will increase profits by raising premiums and denying claims.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

What is wrong with you... no info is to be sold - you may elect to have the info sent to your doctor/healthplan for better understanding of one's current health... This is 100% voluntary. But, I'm curious if you can actually dig up proof for what you posted above... Using google too much really left you paranoid - sharing data with google is the price you pay for using freeware OS such as Android - most people including me would be ok with that though...

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The news I mentioned is all over. All you are doing is living in denial. I don't think the NSA could have come up with a better term for iPhone owners -- "iZombies". Says it all.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

You mean this? http://www.adexchanger.com/data-exchanges/what-apples-health-data-restrictions-mean-for-the-ad-industry/ Because this is complete opposite of what you say. I've seen some articles that have hypothetical theories of how this data can be used, but at the end of those articles they push you to purchase something from blackberry or Samsung - kinda tells me it's biased.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Could be he's worried because Apple is reportedly partnering with some of the leading players in health and fitness, including Nike, Mayo Clinic and a leading health insurance provider. Especially the latter is a curious one.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

I just saw this for the first time (I wasn't interested in smartwatch of any brand).. But now I'm begining to change my mind... Can anyone tell me if I NEED to own an iPhone (or any phone) to use Apple Watch? Will I be able to make calls using the watch and BT Headset and text WITHOUT having a phone? If so, I think this + iPad would be great for my business hours.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Oops forgot to post the link of "what I just saw"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-waTi8BPdk

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

its ok for a apple user but if they think they can do the love wallpaper all day and use it they have another thing coming min lasts a day and a half because i keep the watch face ambient off and simple time, i text from it most of the day and get updates notifications and ask questions, the thing apple will realize is people will not use the send your heartbeat or the taptik feedback battery waster, and the doodle on the screen and emoji wtf waste of use on this device the reason the android ware works is because you dont have to touch it just flip wrist and tell it what to do, thats it, the apple watch needs 2 hands to use it and its a lot of touching it, people will have there hands full. people like apple because its simple i did not know how stupid people are until i spent 2 hours in the att store today and half the people came it to switch contacts, and i hand to tell a lot of them just back up to cloud and restore from cloud only android does it automatically when you sign in to a new phone. strange. so apple people like ease of use this apple watch is going to be like rocket science to most of them.

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

5s and up

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You do need an iPhone (since it only works with iOS) and no you can't make calls without a phone, but you can use it as a BT speaker. For me, I'm not entirely sold on the whole smartwatch idea yet, but it won't be the Apple one when I do decide to buy one. Too many gimmicks (doodles, sending heartbeat, smileys, etc), a watch should mean you spend less time on your smartphone and be less intrusive, not take more time away with childish features. Also the crown idea doesn't do it for me.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah I was really turned off by the crown (the look specifically), and I was also not considering (or still not considering) a smart watch. The doodles, sending heartbeats, and smileys - should have been saved for the developers or offer as a download. But I have given the crown a consideration - the screens on smart watches are small - I can imagine my finger overlapping most of the screen trying to set a function - having a "control wheel" kinda makes sense - but will have to see use it in person to see if it feels and fits right. But from where I stand - no standalone communications from a smart watch Apple or android or fixed is a DOA deal for me.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I want a watch like Michael Knightrider nothing less than that ;) I am curious how certain things work, like zooming in photos. Do I browse through the photos rotating the crown and then click to select the photo and then use the crown again to zoom in again? What I do like on the Awatch, are the straps. They are easy to change, more so than normal (smart) watches. And the width of the straps suit the watch more. I do like the Moto360 for its looks, but the straps are a bit on the small side.

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