According to a report by The China Times, Apple has begun production of the iWatch. This is in preparation for a launch later in the year, widely rumoured to be somewhere in the third quarter.
GforGames translated the report, noting that the iWatch will use a different kind of chip layout for miniaturization purposes.
According to supply chain sources cited by the Chinese media, Apple has already started producing the iWatch in small quantities. The smartwatch will allegedly be ready for launch in the second half of 2014, but more importantly, these fresh reports also claim that the iWatch will be built using SiPs (or system-in-package modules) as opposed to traditional PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards. Sources also hint that Apple has developed technologies to be able to pack several different sensors into a single chipset for miniaturization purposes.
This should enable Apple to make the footprint of the device as small as possible, a key advantage over other wearables but like everything in the universe, it has a drawback, that if one part goes faulty the entire system has to be replaced.
Production of SiPs usually yield fewer units, so Apple is already beginning a small sample of production on the iWatch, according to China Times’ sources, with 2.5 – 3 million units expected by Fall 2014, a small initial supply to launch with but the production should ramp up to 14 – 15 million units by the end of the year. Kinsus Interconnect Technology Corp, NanyaPCB and Advanced Semiconductor are said to be the alleged producers of Apple’s SiP modules with a launch slated for sometime in September.
The wearable market has heated up significantly recently, with the unveiling of the Moto 360, a smartwatch that has caught many people in the tech industry off guard for its use of a novel circular display.