• Report Claims Apple is Seeking a Second Supplier for its Next-Gen Apple Watch

    According to a recent Chinese report, Apple is supposedly looking to pick up a second manufacturer for the next-generation Apple Watch aside from Quanta Computer. The company is reportedly in talks with Inventec, Wistron and its primary partner, Foxconn. The Chinese language newspaper, Apple Daily, suggested that the new Watch won’t be available until after the second quarter of 2016, which conflicts with some recent rumors calling for a launch within that quarter.

    The candidates for the second manufacturer appear to be worried, largely due to concern about Quanta having made weaker profits on the Watch than expected, despite heavily investing in equipment for the device. Apple originally planned to order 6 million Watches from the December quarter but ended up scaling back to 4 million because of softer sales. The report predicted that sales should top 10 million by the end of the year despite Apple not having issued any official estimates or figures.

    As far as the next-gen device specifications, there doesn’t appear to be much information or rumors regarding the matter. As of right now, many are hinting towards the same improvements we see in general device updates such as better battery life, an improved display and in this case, support for Pebble-style “smart bands.” We’ll have to wait and see what happens by being patient.

    Source: Apple Daily via Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report Claims Apple is Seeking a Second Supplier for its Next-Gen Apple Watch started by Akshay Masand View original post
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