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  • Report: Early Production Problems for iWatch


    Apple's forthcoming smartwatch remains one of the most eagerly anticipated yet still-unconfirmed devices on 2014's hottest tech watch list.

    But with most industry analysts and supply chain sources in agreement that the iWatch is definitely in the works and expected to launch later this year, the latest production chatter out of Asia isn't painting a promising picture for Apple.

    Digitimes reported Thursday that both Apple's iWatch and Qualcomm's Toq are seeing less than 50% yield rates caused by an assortment of difficulties "applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded chassis."

    The MIM process is often used in the mass production of high-precision products with complicated industrial designs as it allows components to feature special shapes, but still maintain rigidness.
    As sources from the upstream supply chain tell Digitimes, MIM-made components were once used chiefly inside of products. But with components quickly becoming part of the external design, the production process must now account for surface treatments as an "important process for the look of products."

    The latest supply chain speculation indicates that beyond Apple and Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung Electronics, Pebble, Casio, Nike, Adidas, Epson and LG will all market new wearable devices this year.

    Source: Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Early Production Problems for iWatch started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Didn't they say there was production problems in 2012 too?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I really want one but hope it doesn't look like the one in the picture.
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Didn't they say there was production problems in 2012 too?
      'They' don't know what they are talking about.
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I really want one but hope it doesn't look like the one in the picture.
      That picture looks better than the gear
    1. fotsvett's Avatar
      fotsvett -
      Maybe they should ask samsung to help them out with this product too😀
      Soon iphone will say samsung on the back
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I really want one but hope it doesn't look like the one in the picture.
      Yeah, especially since the one pictured is apparently running ios 6!
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by fotsvett View Post
      Maybe they should ask samsung to help them out with this product too😀
      Soon iphone will say samsung on the back
      When does samsung help other than building processors for apple's iOS devices?
    1. fotsvett's Avatar
      fotsvett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      When does samsung help other than building processors for apple's iOS devices?
      Well!! If not samsung?? They can ask the people who made the pebble!!
      How hard can it be?
      Just ask for help when u cant do it on your own😊
    1. odoggy75's Avatar
      odoggy75 -
      The problem is that it's NEVER been in production. The iWatch is just another internet Apple Unicorn.
    1. xboxbml's Avatar
      xboxbml -
      Who needs a watch when u have a phone?
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by fotsvett View Post
      Well!! If not samsung?? They can ask the people who made the pebble!!
      How hard can it be?
      Just ask for help when u cant do it on your own😊
      I don't think you get it. Samsung only builds the processors for the iPhone, Apple actually builds(Foxconn), designs(California), and sells(World) the iPhone. Samsung doesn't have anything else to do with the iPhone.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      So what do they pay Apple's R&D team to do again? O.o
    1. MoDaLoT's Avatar
      MoDaLoT -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I really want one but hope it doesn't look like the one in the picture.
      Me too