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Production of Apple iWatch has reportedly started

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Production of Apple iWatch has reportedly started
A report from China cites the country's supply chain as the source of a story, saying that Apple has started production of the long-awaited Apple iWatch. The report also states that instead of using Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) to build the timepiece, Apple will employ System-in-Package modules (SiP) instead. These modules are made up of integrated circuits, all wrapped up together in a single package.

Using SiP modules, the manufacturer can use up less space when installing internal hardware. The downside to using SiPs is that if one part of the module is bad, the entire module has to be replaced, keeping production yields lower than they could have been otherwise. According to Tuesday's report, the modules are being supplied for the iWatch by Kinsus Interconnect Technology Corp, NanyaPCB and ASE Group.

These supply chain sources believe that Apple will ship 2.5 million to 3 million units of the iWatch during the second quarter. Production is expected to leap to 14 million to 15 million units for the third quarter. Some predict that Apple will be able to ship as many as 65 million units of the wearable device for all of 2014.

We could see the Apple iWatch get unveiled at WWDC in June, along with iOS 8. The actual release of the watch could take place in September, around the time that the next iteration of the Apple iPhone is launched.

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source: ChinaTimes (translated) via GforGames

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