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Thread: Report: Early Production Problems for iWatch

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    Default 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

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    Didn't they say there was production problems in 2012 too?

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    I really want one but hope it doesn't look like the one in the picture.

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    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.

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    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

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    Maybe they should ask samsung to help them out with this product too😀
    Soon iphone will say samsung on the back

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    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!

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    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?

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    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😊

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    The problem is that it's NEVER been in production. The iWatch is just another internet Apple Unicorn.

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    Who needs a watch when u have a phone?

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    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.

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    So what do they pay Apple's R&D team to do again? O.o

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    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

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