Apple allegedly secures component orders for the next-gen Apple Watch

Rumors of a next-gen Apple Watch are starting to surface! After hearing from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the new Watch will introduce hardware improvements but no major design changes (save for the possibility of a thinner frame), we now have solid-looking supply chain reports relayed by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.

According to the blurb, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) – the company which already supplies System In Package (SiP) modules for the current Apple Watch – has secured the majority of SiP orders for the next big thing. The SiP is to wearables what the SoC (system-on-a-chip) is for bigger smart devices like smartphones and tablets. In the Apple Watch's case, the SiP contains almost all processing, memory, connectivity, sensor, and power management components. Samsung fabricates the Apple-designed central processing unit inside the SiP, and DigiTimes' sources say the Korean giant will fill in once again.

It looks like ASE will get the lion's share of orders this time, while the rest will be spread between Amkor Technology and STATS ChipPAC. Moreover, Kinsus Interconnect will act as a substrate supplier. The most likely memory suppliers are Toshiba and Mikron, two long-standing business partners for Apple.

The report doesn't mention any other details about the wearable, but with the majority of alleged component suppliers now in the clear, it's a pretty sure bet that a new Apple Watch will be introduced this year. Moreover, with Apple already securing component orders, it is likely that initial production will begin sometime soon. The wearable could get presentation time at Apple's upcoming WWDC (June 13 – 17) event, or receive its formal introduction in September, accompanied by the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart watches actually come in handy.

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Cool. Hope this can take on other android wear, the first-gen Apple Watch was expensive and disappointing in my opinion. If they can thin the bezel, give me great battery life, wifi and gps chips with more sensors I'll consider it. But I still don't see a reason to buy a smart watch at the moment.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5827; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hopefully the Apple S2 is built on TSMC's 16FFC process or Samsung's 14LPP process The Apple S1 is built on Samsung's 28LP process Unfortunately Qualcomm's Wear 2100 is still going to be 28nm But its probably still a decent improvement from using the SD 400, which is meant for phones

6. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Yes, I heard the device can get quite slow.

3. Unordinary unregistered

there needs to be multiple reasons. Right now, I've only experienced one reason to buy one.I had $700 to play around with when selling my old MacBook so I "rented" an Apple Watch. I knew I was returning it, I really saw no use. The best thing overall about it was that I barely touched my phone all day. It was amazing. Reconnected with the world around me honestly. In the end it was returned, but in the future I see myself getting a smart watch solely for this reason.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

IMO, the entire concept just isn't there, yet. Nobody's made a smartwatch that's really compelling from a functionality standpoint.

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