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RumorTT: Apple hit with iWatch delays due to low yields

RumorTT: Low yields are forcing Apple to delay its iWatch smartwatch
By: Anthony Garreffa | Wearable Computing News | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:25 am

Samsung may have already announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Omate has impressed the world with its TrueSmart 'smartwatch 2.0' device, but it looks like the previous market leader, Apple, may be behind considerably with its own smartwatch, the iWatch.




DigiTimes has released a new article stating that the Cupertino-giant, who just launched its new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones, is experiencing low yield-rate problems, with upstream supply chain sources of DigiTimes stating that Apple is only receiving 30-40% of its original order volumes: "The iWatch is built using powder metallurgy technology and then processed by CNC equipment. Since Apple requires the iWatch be thin and light and still features an elegant design, it has been known that this will pose a great challenge to the device's chassis suppliers as well as related component makers and back-end process service providers."


Apple is expected to launch its iWatch device sometime in mid-2014, with manufacturers Inventec and Quanta Computer the companies behind the manufacturing muscle for the iWatch.


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