Today, we came across a couple of interesting rumors regarding Apple’s future plans, concerning both the Apple Watch as well as the mysterious iPhone 6s. Indeed, the company’s first wearable is expected to hit the market in the first half of 2015, and contrary to previous reports from market analysts suggesting that the gadget’s production will be delayed, the new data indicates that the Watch will be released according to schedule.
In addition, these new reports also target the iPhone 6s which will apparently not debut in spring – something that wouldn’t surprise us at all. Check back after the break for the full story.
Apple Watch Yield Issues Resolved? iPhone 6s Spring Debut is Unlikely
First things first, let’s talk about the Apple Watch. As some of you might recall, in October, analyst Brian Blair from Rosenblatt Securities said that the Watch’s production has been set back, and that because it will enter mass production at a later date, the gadget will initially be launched in limited numbers.
These rumors have now been countered by new data emerging from China, suggesting that yield breakthroughs have been made in regards to several vital components like display and processor. Therefore, according to the supply chain sources cited by Taiwan’s United Daily News, instead of the projected end of February start of mass production, the Apple Watch will hit the conveyor belts really soon, in January.
Quanta (the company responsible for the assembly of the Watch) has already increased its number of workers from 2,000 to 10,000, while the current goals is set for 20,000 employees. Reportedly, the first wave of Watches to be shipped will be of 3-to-5 million units, while Apple expects a total of 24 million Watches to be shipped throughout 2015. By the sound of it Quanta has been hard at work to meet the quota and the company’s efforts will most likely allow the Apple Watch to hit the market on-schedule.
As for the iPhone 6s, assuming that you’ve followed the mobile blogosphere for these past several weeks then you may have already read about the possibility that Apple will launch an iPhone 6s in spring 2015. However, the same report from China suggests that the iPhone 6s will not see the light of day this early in the year, and for good reasons.
To begin with, Apple’s “S” line-up consists in slightly updated smartphones, boasting minimal visual changes but more power under the hood, and sometimes new features (such as the Touch ID which made its debut on the iPhone 5S). However, due to the fact that Apple hasn’t yet started the production of its A9 processors, it is very unlikely that the company will release an iPhone 6S with much of the same specifications as the original release. It’s just not enough time for Apple to cook something new and worthy of an S successor, and it’s very likely that the Cupertino-based company will stick to the regular schedule of launching the S version near the end of the year.
That’s all we have for now, but we’ll continue to keep an eye out so stay tuned.