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Apple Watch still having production issues, autonomous Watch 2 is coming up later this year, analyst says

Apple Watch still having production issues, autonomous Watch 2 is coming up later this year, analyst says
So, as the first-ever Apple wearable was announced, and we are patiently awaiting its release, analysts are already talking about the Apple Watch 2(?). According to Timothy Arcuri from Cowen & Co., Cupertino is still having yield issues with the production of the first Watch and will most probably only build 6 million units by June. It appears that supplier Quanta is struggling with manufacturing defects and Apple is scrambling to look for alternative partners. For now, iPhone-making Foxconn is assisting Quanta by lending some (3,000 employees) workforce, but whether it will become a regular supplier for the Watch is yet unknown.

In the meantime, Mr. Arcuri and his sources seem to believe that the Apple Watch 2 is already underway and should be released by the end of 2015. The new timepiece will, reportedly, be capable of autonomous functionality (no need to tether to iPhone) and will feature its own set of full connectivity tools, as well as an OLED display, built by none other but Samsung.

So, if any of this is true, we wouldn't be surprised to see some sort of a bent display on the second Apple wearable – possibly adopting a look akin to the Asus ZenWatch or the Samsung Gear S, in terms of shape at least. But, in truth, we highly doubt that Apple would release the second generation of the Watch this year, and we are not really convinced that Cupertinians would want to make the timepiece autonomous just yet, so we'd take these “sources” information with a grain of salt,.


source: Barron's (1, 2) via G for Games

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12 Comments

tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

So this whole story is a complete non story then?

chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

welcome to pa

TBomb

Posts: 932; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

When I see someone wearing the Apple Watch I'll believe that they're real. Until then... chao

Sonar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Again a rumor of production issue just before the launch, mostly to build the demand IMO.

Tarox

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

it's hard to build demand when there is no demand :D

TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

69% of American's not interested in Apple Watch - Reuters.

Szemot

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Change question in questionnaire on "Are You interested in purchase AppleWatch" and You receive 69% on YES. Simple psychology. People tend to say "yes" in questionnaire no matter what is the question. Just check selling stats in the end of the year.

dirtydirty00

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

they prolly should have just skipped the 1 altogether. actually... they prolly did. the apple watch 1 was unveiled last september.... the 2 was just announced and later this year the 3 will follow...

drunkenjay

Posts: 1501; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

maybe ill check the watch 2 if it has a longer battery life

TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

HAHA. SO the "next" Apple Watch will like have 3G/4G capability? Why didn't the first model have it? An excuse to force early adopters to upgrade? Oh and look, OLED display next time? Could it be, because the LCD display has such dismal battery-life? Watch (no pun intended) how drastically the battery-life increases on the OLED based model. I am betting 2 days of usage on a single charge, especially with a small screen. What is funny is Apple and the fan boys dissed the original Gear for not being a standalone device, and Apple Watch 1.0, isn't a standalone device. But the next one will be? lol Go rush and pay $349 for the experimental junk, and then spend it again for the next model with a meager upgrade. Apple is the Nintendo/Sega of the 80's. Just milking the flock with half-@$$ 'd upgrades model after model.

xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Ugh, Apple ALWAYS have production issues, to make people go "I should get it now because people will buy all of them and there will be none for me!" But somehow they always have enough for everyone. Freaking PR stunt.

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Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

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