Apple Preparing for Apple Watch 2 Production
The first few contracts have been signed and orders have been taken: The Apple Watch 2 is nearing actual production and Apple’s supply chain is gearing up for another hectic run, so that demand will be met in time for the release of Cupertino’s next smart watch iteration. Aside from Samsung, a couple of smaller manufacturers will also be involved in making the Apple Watch 2.
Taiwanese DigiTimes reports: Apple has already ordered the first few components for the Apple Watch 2, according to rumors from supply chain sources. Apparently, one of the companies involved is the Taiwanese company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), which will be producing the majority of the system-in-package chips of the Apple S2 that makes up the heart of the computing power of the device.
Other orders will be fulfilled by Amkor Technology and STATS ChipPAC. Substrates are being supplied solely by Kinsus Interconnect Technology, according to the sources. Samsung will most likely be manufacturing the processors inside the SiP, as well as the flash NAND and miscellaneous chips and continue to receive orders by Apple for this purpose.
Assembly will be taken care of by Quanta Computer, as it was the case with the first generation device. The trial production has supposedly already begun, while the launch is slated for somewhere around June and mass production is set to begin in Q3 2016. We’re expecting the unveiling of the Apple Watch 2 at WWDC 2016 in June or at a later date, together with the iPhone 7 in September. Rumors claim that the device will primarily see internal changes and less of a design revamp, while some presume the Apple Watch to lose 20 to 40 percent of its thickness and some of the weight.