Apple starts receiving parts for the Apple iWatch; September launch possible

Apple starts receiving parts for the Apple iWatch; September launch possible
After a previous report claimed that the Apple iWatch would be launched in the third quarter of this year, a new report narrows that down some more. Industry sources are behind a fresh rumor that reports a September launch date for Apple's long-rumored smartwatch. Well in advance of the launch, Apple has allegedly received samples of flexible PCBs from Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology. The Cupertino based tech titan will examine the parts before they are certified for Apple's timepiece.

All three PCB manufacturers are spending serious money to expand production for Apple. Zhen Ding is Apple's largest supplier of printed circuit boards, and is planning on spending $100 million to add production capacity. The company expects to snag orders from Apple, not just for the iWatch, but also for its large-screened Apple iPhone phablet, and the Apple iPhone 6.

Flexium plans on spending $50 million to $66 million to increase production of its mid-range to high-end products. That is expected to lead to a 20% increase in revenue for the company. Carrier will spend $33 million this year, to expand production in Taiwan and China.

source: DigiTimes


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