Apple iWatch hitting manufacturing snags?

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Yesterday’s Apple event was nice and to-the-point: a little refresher on what to expect from iOS 7, and the introduction of the new iPhone models – no iPads, no MacBooks, just phone, phone, done. Of course, we’ve heard plenty of rumors about additional Apple hardware that will be announced at some point in the future, and today we get an update on Apple’s progress with one of these devices, with rumors coming in that manufacturing issues are plaguing production of the so-called iWatch.

Reportedly, the Apple smartwatch isn’t hitting the yield rates Apple nor its suppliers would like to see. The tricky bit is apparently fabricating the housing of the watch itself, with pressures to keep things thin, light, and stylish all increasing the difficulty to manufacture. As a result, production rates may only be about one-third of what Apple was hoping.

As shouldn’t be too surprising from these rumored setbacks, the actual launch of any Apple smartwatch could still be a very long way off. We’ve already heard the idea of 2014 availability before, and right now, estimates are looking to sometime in the second half of next year, placing the release of the iWatch still nine months or more from now.

Source: Digitimes
Via: BGR

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