Production of Apple iWatch has reportedly started

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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19 Comments

1. BCMWorld

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Let them come and play catch up...

2. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

well I am no apple fan BUT iGuarantee it mops the floor with all the current offerings except for the Moto 360. Apple doesn't put out junk, gear and gear 2 I would say on looks alone, hideous. Moto 360 beautiful, iWatch will probably NOT disappoint in the looks dept and if it has some ADVANCED health trackers I might even buy a apple product for the first time ever! You guys think iHate on apple for no reasons, iHave my reasons and generally do because nothing they have ever made was interesting to me, generally over-priced for less and the iClones really piss me off. iWatch might change this, about owning a product, not on iFollowers and generally average products with cult like followings for more money and less features lol

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No offence but I think the iFans hate you probably because you keep iDiotically putting an 'i' before things you do not need to.

17. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

hmm, iReally don't see your POiNT. iDo what AGAiN?

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

There isn't anything to catch up to, the current crop of smart watches aren't that great. The ones coming out show promise but aren't really revolutionary. I don't expect much from Apple either seeing as they are focusing on health monitoring.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I agree with all the other comments. Nothing on the market is great. The moto 360 is not even out. The iwatch actually might beat it to market.

6. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

the iwatch might not exist :O

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And let them sue someone else again. not to mention their over price tag

14. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

supply and demand

7. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Cut those numbers sold in half if Moto and LG beat this to market.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The 360 would have to be compatible with ios devices for that to happen.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

vise versa apple needs to make open if it wants to play in the big world with wear tech, i think it will be nice looking if they do use sip mods but i also think it will be around 400 to 500 and thats a no buy for anyone.

18. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Not really Android has more market share than ios. So it's Iwatch that needs to be compatible with Android to compete.

9. jbjr43

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

First $500 gets it...LOL

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I believe that Android Wear devices are compatible with all Android phones running above a specific version of the OS. That being said, the Moto 360,and the LG G Watch will have a significantly larger market than that of the iPhone. Take into account the fact they will be the first Android Wear devices to market, I assume they'll sell well and set the standard going forward. Also, recent rumors stated that the iWatch didn't even exist. Not to say one is more correct than the other... it's just that nothing about the device is absolute at this point, not even its existence.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17132; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All of these iWatch concepts are either really ugly or look like a clone of the 360. Apple might have painted itself into a corner. It'll be interesting to see what the actually come up with (if anything).

15. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

They could glue a dog turd on a rubber band and their faithful will buy it.

19. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I'm hearing more "REPORTED" rumors in production!!! They've apparently stopped working on iMaps, delayed iPhablets, iWatch is a "?", and iEtc, etc,etc... For a company that only puts out until last year 1 iphone Flagship, the lunch break is over, get to work.

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