A new report is suggesting that Apple has plans to put the Apple Watch 2 into production a lot sooner than initially expected. The information suggests that Apple will once again utilize the manufacturing services and expertise of China-based Quanta to produce the second-generation of its popular wearable. If true, it means that not only will Apple begin production of the device earlier than expected, but also introduces an interesting situation from a manufacturing perspective.
The eager attitude of Quanta to put the device into production goes against speculation at the back end of last year suggesting that profit returns on the device had been weaker than expected. It was that same report that led to speculation that Apple would be looking for alternative production partners going forward. If Apple does indeed stick with Quanta, there exists a distinct possibility that the company will also look to bolster output and production by utilizing the services of a well-connected supplier, such as Foxconn or Inventec. Either way, if the report is accurate then it looks as though consumers could be buying the second-generation Apple Watch earlier than anticipated, somewhere in Q2 2016.
The report suggests that Quanta will be ready for trial production of the Watch by the end of this month. While there is no way to substantiate this claim for now, Quanta’s chairman has been quoted as saying that the Apple Watch 2 could be released by the “end of Q2 2016”.
Many current Apple Watch owners are eager to see what Apple brings to the table with the next version of the intelligent timepiece. Others have simply given the first iteration of the technology a miss in the hope that teething problems and early bugs are eradicated with the launch of the Apple Watch 2; hence the eagerness for some news suggesting that the hardware will be going into production sooner rather than later.
As is usually the case, Apple hasn’t officially confirmed the direction of the second-gen Apple Watch. It is believed that the Cupertino-based giant will be introducing the wearable at its March 2016 event prior to an April availability. Rumors suggest that the new Watch will have a thinner case, a forward-facing FaceTime camera, and an upgraded Wi-Fi radio to allow additional flexibility when not connected to an iPhone.
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