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Apple Watch Series 7 is a ‘dramatic change in design’, to ship in late September, Kuo claims

By Sanuj Bhatia September 10, 2021, 3:15 am
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Apple Watch Series 7 is one of the most anticipated Apple products of this fall. The new watch is expected to feature a flat-edge design and a bigger battery, but this seems to have caused issues as Apple ran into issues during the production of Series 7. Widely renowned Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo is now claiming that Apple has resolved the issues with the production of Series 7, and is now targeting mass production around mid-September. This could mean Apple will announce the Series 7 along with iPhone 13 next week with mass shipments in late September.

 

The production issue of the Apple Watch 7 is mainly related to the panel side. However, it has been resolved, and mass production of panel modules will begin in mid of September.

– Ming Chi-Kuo

Kuo also says that the new Apple Watch Series 7 will be a “dramatic” change in the design. Bloomberg has already detailed that Apple Watch Series 7 will face an iPad Pro-like and iPhone 12-like flat edge design which will reportedly take advantage of new watch faces.

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However, the production issues are not only due to the new design, says Kuo. Apple is also shifting to a new OLED panel with Series 7 which seems to have caused the issue. The new OLED G6 panel Apple’s trying to implement a more durable display panel than the previous ones, which uses a contact design instead of the old cable design. It also requires a low injection pressure overmolding (LIPO) process that can enhance durability.

Due to the adoption of many new panel-related production processes for the first time, the Apple Watch 7 panel module encountered reliability issues during the risk-ramp phase before Jabil started mass production, mainly including blinking panel and touch insensitivity. This complicated production issue may be related to LGD, Jabil, or Young Poong.

– Ming Chi-Kuo

Apple has seemingly resolved the issues, and Kuo says it expects Apple to “start mass production of Apple Watch 7 panel modules in mid-September.” Based on this new schedule, Kuo claims the Watch Series 7 will start mass shipments in late September.

Apple Watch Series 7 is shaping up to be a major upgrade for the smartwatch from Apple. The upcoming watch is said to be a double-sided chip, bigger battery, larger display, along a new design. The Cupertino-giant is expected to announce Watch Series 7 along with iPhone 13 next week.

Via: MacRumors

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