Report: Second-generation Apple Watch to begin trial production shortly

Report: Second-generation Apple Watch to begin trial production shortly
According to a report out of Taiwan, Apple is getting ready to start trial production of the second-generation Apple Watch. While contract manufacturer Quanta will be assembling the timepiece, once production begins in earnest we could see other manufacturers like Foxconn, Wistron and Inventec building the next Apple Watch.

With speculation that Apple will be holding a press event in March to introduce the second-generation Apple Watch, Quanta's chairman said late last year that the device would be launched during the second quarter of 2016. While that would cover April through June, an April release of the smartwatch seems most likely. There is talk that the second-generation Apple Watch will be a stand-alone timepiece that will make and take phone calls. 

If the second-gen Apple Watch is in trial production, a small number of units will be built to make sure that the watch is rolling off the assembly line exactly as it should be. Apple and Quanta will check to make sure that the devices are operating perfectly and that the yields are acceptable. Once Apple signs off on the trial production phase, we could see mass production of the product start as it heads toward a March unveiling and an April launch.


source: AppleInsider

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51 Comments

1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

My right hand is waiting (the left one already has the first generation).

3. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 290; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

so typical...

47. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

INDEED

24. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Maybe they can put a 3.5mm Headphone jack in it, so that buyers of the iPhone 7 have also a reason to get this as well...

61. manav33

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

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62. manav33

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

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2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Will it be stand-alone or still a phone accessory? With it have the WiFi's and 3G's? Will it have UV? Will it be IP67/IP68 rated? It needs to work with or without the phone. Will it be round? Or just bigger? Is it even worth a 2nd try? Stay tuned!

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Since the first had WiFi, I would imagine the second one will. Is it even worth a second try? I don't know, but I'm guessing since only one smart watch line was a multibillion dollar business last year, and it earned more than every Android Watch and Tizen watch, combined, I'm guessing Cupertino might think so.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung has sold over 700,000 smartwatches which means they also made millions considering their retail price. I fail to see what point you're making. Fitbit also sold well over 1M of its Fitbits which would also be several million bucks, based on its retail price. At least I've seen Fitbits on peoples arms, I havent seen one person other than Apple employees wearing a Apple Watch. Again here is the biggest problems with you stupid fans, you use sales numbers as a metric for how great something is. FACT - The best cars in the world aren't sold by the millions, and some cost millions. The best food isnt found in any single restaurant...its many fo them and some of the best food I ever ate wasn't at a chain. You are a liar when you claim Apple was the only million dollar smartwatch seller. After all how many Apple Watches have you seen in the wild? Samsung has sold over 750,000 smart wearables since 2 years ago, which means its a multi-million dollar business for them too. Again, you have your head so far up Apple's ass, you can't see anything else. I pity you because your brain obviously is so one side you can't see past the fruit to save your own neck.

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

700,000 over 2 years. The Apple Watch has been out a little over 6 months.

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because no one cares about smart watches. Shipping more isn't equal to sold. I don't care who sales the most. I care about what makes sense for what it cost. I love tech but my rule is to get the best for what I am willing to pay. I don't buy stuff just because it's popular. I did that with the iPhone 4 and 4S and I should have stayed where I was. I don't buy just because it sells more or is more popular. The Camry was the top selling car for over a decade. It is a very popular high volume selling car and it is a nice car. But I don't want to own one. Same way I feel about other things. Even if Apple sold more it doesn't matter. I didn't buy one because it took them 2 years to make a device that did less that a similar device I owned 2 years ago. And they want to sell it for more money when it's already 2 years outdated. It's the same thing with their other stuff. I am willing to pay top dollar, but I want to get what I am.paying for. 349 for a watch with 3G, wifi, bt,uv,ip67 rating and better battery life which last 3 days on a single charge vs a limited piece of crap that has none of that and won't even last a day if you make the watch stay on all day. Yet it starts at 349 and can cost $10,000. Why? Things are not better because they cost more, they are suppose to be better when they cost more. After all what is the logic in paying more for less

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because no one cares about smart watches. Shipping more isn't equal to sold. I don't care who sales the most. I care about what makes sense for what it cost. I love tech but my rule is to get the best for what I am willing to pay. I don't buy stuff just because it's popular. I did that with the iPhone 4 and 4S and I should have stayed where I was. I don't buy just because it sells more or is more popular. The Camry was the top selling car for over a decade. It is a very popular high volume selling car and it is a nice car. But I don't want to own one. Same way I feel about other things. Even if Apple sold more it doesn't matter. I didn't buy one because it took them 2 years to make a device that did less that a similar device I owned 2 years ago. And they want to sell it for more money when it's already 2 years outdated. It's the same thing with their other stuff. I am willing to pay top dollar, but I want to get what I am.paying for. 349 for a watch with 3G, wifi, bt,uv,ip67 rating and better battery life which last 3 days on a single charge vs a limited piece of crap that has none of that and won't even last a day if you make the watch stay on all day. Yet it starts at 349 and can cost $10,000. Why? Things are not better because they cost more, they are suppose to be better when they cost more. After all what is the logic in paying more for less. If the Apple Watch was standalone in the first place, I would have more likely bought it. But why pay 349 for something that doesn't fit what I want? Fans do that. Like CUBS fans who keep spending money for a losing team. Why? I have better things to do with money then buying something like a smartwatch which is nearly useless as it doesn't do anything my phone calls to do, but offered a reasonable benefit for the price.

37. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Billions, with a "B." Over a billion dollars each quarter it has been out have been added to a group that was stagnant on the quarterly report before Apple Watch. The multibillion dollar business club for smart watches has one member.

40. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Hey you just kill yourself with the argument of:the best car are spensive and aren't found everywhere, guess what the apple watch is spensive and isnt found in everybody hands, wich again you said that apple fans use sale number as a matter of how good is a product, so apple did a combo I guess cuz they sell at very very high prices and at the same time they sale more than anyone else so... you kill yourself with that argument.

54. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Thank you for your essay sir. You are so articulate. you should write a book.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Also I know the Apple Watch has wifi...it was a frikkin joke from an old cartoon that someone made on YouTube when the HTC Evo came out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvA8Hdmit-U Here why don't you and your uptight ass, have a laugh and stop being so uptight because you think someone is saying something bad about Apple. Not everyone loves them as you obviously do.

42. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I can take a joke and have a laugh. I had a few over the course of this discussion. You wanted to quantify whether it was worth it, and I gave you the answer...with a "B." Disclaimer: I buy a LOT of phones from a lot of companies, but I own zero smart watches.

43. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The Apple watch has sold well below expectation and we still do not know how many were sold as only shipped figures are being issued with with no mention of actual sales less returns that figure is meaningless. Considering Apples fan base the probable sales levels are poor and reflect on a product that is ugly and flawed in many areas and certainly overpriced and far from the best in class. Considering this watch was meant to revolutionise the smartwatch sector and sell in the 10s of millions it is a big fail.

48. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It hasn't been out for a year, and it is the only multibillion dollar smart watch business. From the perspective of every single company on earth, and especially from the perspective of tech companies, that's what is known as a success.

7. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

It won't be a phone straped on your wrist with every spec imaginable from floppy drive to IR blaster to hardware keyboard. It's going to be second generation of the worlds most successful smartwatch, to make a companion to the world's most successful smartphone. And why you ask btw ? It's not going to work with non-iPhones anyway.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I didnt ask for every spec imaginable. Why can't it be a phone. It cost as much as one. $10,000 and no phone? $349 and no phone? What is its value without cellular capabilities? Imagine this fool. Both the Gear S/S2 have 3G/4G, WiFi, BT, UV, IP67 ratings have a larger display and more and still lasts longer than the Apple Watch. In fact all of the Samsung Gear wearable have better battery life vs the Apple Watch and 1/2 of them sport more features. I didnt ask for lots of features, I said features that would make it stand-alone like 3G, WiFi, BT, UV, etc. If it doesn't have at least 3G this time, it going to sell even worse than it did already. Consider this fact as far as wearables.No one really sees them as useful, no matter the brand. Many have found a way to make them useful, but no one is selling them in the 10's off millions not even Apple. What does that tell you? It says they are all a novelty at best and really Fitbit's fitness solution has been the only real seller so far. Also its price of entry is lower, but I think $249 is still to high for a device that has no phone capabilities. What is wrong with 3G on your wrist. A phone is a phone, it doesn't need to be in your pocket. The idea is to make a quick call and having a speaker o BT so you can use headphones makes it as good as any other phone. After all you're paying for it at $349. Considering the Gear S2 is roughly the same price and it has cellular capability. Apple has taught your dumbass well. To pay for something you don't even have. I never understood what si the attraction of paying more and getting less. Which is why I woudl never buy a big house, luxury car brands or jewelry.

60. nobleo

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 17, 2016

Having the Apple watch with 4G would be nice, but I don't think that was Apple's purpose for this first generation watch. I think they really wanted a device that could compliment your iPhone and make life easier. But in someways compete with other companies. Also, Apple fans are fans for a reason. While i am not really into smartwatches, and haven't really spent much time with the Apple watch or the Android watches, I have owned Windows PCs and currently have an Android phone. I can tell you that in this world, you really do get what you pay for! More often than not, you get more when you pay for more. That may not be true for you with your smartwatch needs, but I can assure you, with Apple in general, specifically the iPhone, iPad and Macs, you definitely get what you pay for. So what I am saying is that while the Apple watch may not be quite what you were expecting, Apple is really a company that delivers, even if its not the first time. That's why I am unsure about turning to Google and other companies.

22. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Funny how you used the word "successful" cause you know it isn't the best, not even close.

5. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well, it would be a perfect companion for the next gen iPhone. I am expecting a big reduction in thickness, on the other hand the Apple watch is the smallest device in existence, so making it even smaller would be really hard.

8. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

If it has a square screen then I'm not interested.

12. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Round smart watches are not practical, it's very to fit text into round screens.

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Not only are they not practical, they're a dime a dozen these days. It's not wow anymore like when we first day the Moto 360 renders.

19. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I like the way Samsung does with the turning bezel and the look of the LG watch. But the moto has no character, as it has a very thin bezel, and looks like a giant cutout paper circle stuck to the wrist.

53. AlikMalix unregistered

funny, I feel the exact same about all the watches you described...

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