When Apple first got sales started of the first-gen Apple Watch last spring, how many of you said, “that’s cool, Apple, and I like that you’re finally getting into this smartwatch thing, but I’ma sit this round out, let you work out the kinks, and drop my cash on your second-gen model when that one comes out?” We don’t blame you, especially considering how much Apple was asking users to pay for its wearable, but even with no new hardware out yet, we’ve already seen some important improvements come to the Apple Watch in the form of watchOS updates – most recently in the form of multi-watch support in this week’s new beta. What about that next-gen hardware, though? Today we get an update on the smartwatch’s path to release, with word that trial production is just about to get started.
Reportedly, Quanta is looking to begin its initial manufacturing of the new Apple Watch sometime later this month. After getting feedback on that trial run, and making adjustments to its fabrication process, mass production should follow shortly.
Rumors from last month suggested that Apple would announce the new Apple Watch at a March event, and get sales going a few weeks later in April.
Assuming Quanta’s trial run goes relatively smoothly (and we have no reason to expect it wouldn’t), it sounds like these manufacturing rumors are lining up nicely with that announcement/sales timeline.
If the new Apple Watch really picks up features like a front-facing camera, while further refining the wearable’s design, will this be the year you finally get one? Maybe even upgrade from last year’s model?