Apple Solves Yield Issues with Apple Watch Components, Mass Production Now Slated for January Claims Report

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Apple and supply partner Quanta Computer have apparently solved its yield issues with various Apple Watch components as the wearable device is now gearing up to enter mass production in January, reports Taiwan's United Daily News (Google Translate, via GforGames). Previously, other sources projected that the Apple Watch would enter mass production at the end of February.

The report notes that this is due to Quanta increasing its number of employees from 2,000 to 10,000, as the company expects to hire 20,000 employees to help with production. Apple is projecting to ship a total of 24 million Apple Watches in 2015. The United Daily News also mentions how a new "iPhone 6s" will likely miss a Spring debut, but that is to be expected as production of a new A9 chip has yet to gear up. The launch would also be unlikely as Apple's iPhones have never launched in the Spring.

Employee comments made after the Apple Watch's debut in September noted that Apple may not be planning to launch the device until February 2015 or later, as the company originally planned to have the watch ready to ship in time for the 2014 holiday season. However, it is now possible that Apple has solved many of the issues surrounding production of the Apple Watch and will make its "early 2015" release projection. When it goes on sale, the Apple Watch will be available in a variety of materials with several different band choices and start at $349.

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JeffyTheQuik

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"Will now likely miss a new 'IPhone 6s' rollout this spring"

I know the article stated it, but why would Apple start shipping a new product when they can't make enough of the one, 3 months (6 months by rollout) old, at the current time?

It was a strange causal relationship between the :Apple:watch and the extremely low likelihood of the 6s release.

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I should hope so because if not, there would be many folks sorely unhappy.
Because here at Macrumors, people need a reason to be sorely unhappy.
 

chitoac

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Can't wait!

Already sold my polar loop for this hehe soo exited to get my :apple:watch, hope the hr sensor works accurately since wrist sensor aren't the best. I wish I could see some demo of the work out app :) . I'm getting a black sport one with black silicone and leather band. Anyone got and idea of how much the band will cost. Probably 49.99$? :(
 

mainstreetmark

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I saw a Samsung watch in the wild yesterday.

I find it curious that Samsung can hear an Apple rumor, then design and manufacture the rumor, and be on the market half a year sooner. They are fast workers, those Samsungese.
 

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Agreed, and I think this is what was delaying the watch (this and the short battery life)
It'll be interesting to see how it does once released to the market. I was planning on getting one after the keynote, but now I'm having second thoughts. That's due to my level of perceived need vs the cost, even the lowest cost offered. I don't know that I really need one when I consider my budget. But, maybe someday.
 

Bhatu

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Seems it's going to stay for longer time in market as compared to iDevices that get an upgrade very year.
 

samcraig

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It'll be interesting to see how it does once released to the market. I was planning on getting one after the keynote, but now I'm having second thoughts. That's due to my level of perceived need vs the cost, even the lowest cost offered. I don't know that I really need one when I consider my budget. But, maybe someday.
It is likely that for some, after the money is spent, they will find/force their need upon themselves in order to mentally justify and avoid dissonance.
 

Rogifan

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Will everything be manufactured in China or is China just for final assembly? The back of the watch doesn't say where it's made. Is that something Apple will be required to add?



According to Apple's website the milanese loop is woven on special Italian machines. The leather in the leather bands come from France, Italy and the Netherlands. It makes me wonder if certain pieces of Watch (like the bands) will be made elsewhere and final assembly will be in China?
 

mattopotamus

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A January release would be awesome! I really wish they were waterproof though.

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I saw a Samsung watch in the wild yesterday.

I find it curious that Samsung can hear an Apple rumor, then design and manufacture the rumor, and be on the market half a year sooner. They are fast workers, those Samsungese.
half a year? They got wind of the rumor and were on the market over a year ago.
 

MikeLW

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I saw a Samsung watch in the wild yesterday.

I find it curious that Samsung can hear an Apple rumor, then design and manufacture the rumor, and be on the market half a year sooner. They are fast workers, those Samsungese.
Samsung has released 6 different watches... and in the first weekend Apple Watch goes on same, Apple will sell more than all 6 of those combined ... so what does it matter???
 

bobob

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I saw a Samsung watch in the wild yesterday.

I find it curious that Samsung can hear an Apple rumor, then design and manufacture the rumor, and be on the market half a year sooner. They are fast workers, those Samsungese.
Building half a million mediocre watches is easier than building 25 million high quality ones.
 

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It is likely that for some, after the money is spent, they will find/force their need upon themselves in order to mentally justify and avoid dissonance.
Indeed, you are correct. I really can't even classify this, in an absolute sense, for me, as a need per se. It is completely a want, a desire, and, an unnecessary one.

At this point, I cannot justify the financial expenditure for it when I have have other needs with a higher precedence, such as needing a new mattress.
 

Robert.Walter

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Of course it will launch in February, Schiller signed off on The Heartbeat advertising theme long ago! ;0)

(To miss availability before Feb 14th, would wreck the campaign! But the Ides of March campaign is always available as a back-up!)
 

samcraig

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Indeed, you are correct. I really can't even classify this, in an absolute sense, for me, as a need per se. It is completely a want, a desire, and, an unnecessary one.

At this point, I cannot justify the financial expenditure for it when I have have other needs with a higher precedence, such as needing a new mattress.
Mattresses do have great battery life!
 

cmChimera

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Of course it will launch in February, Schiller signed off on The Heartbeat advertising theme long ago! ;0)

(To miss availability before Feb 14th, would wreck the campaign! But the Ides of March campaign is always available as a back-up!)
Excellent news!!! We should have the watch now by end of Feb.
I hope this is right. It will make for a great Valentines Day gift if it ships by then. I'm curious as to how many they can make by Feb 14 however, if mass production begins next month.
 

JHankwitz

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Nice, hopefully the quality will be to the level we expect from Apple.
We can hope, but as with every new product launch, there will be some unforeseen problems. Early adopters are willing to go through this scenario and make a lot of noise about it, but no thanks. I'll wait to buy one in Fall.
 
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