updated 10:01 am EDT, Tue April 8, 2014
Apple allegedly aiming at 65 million iWatches by end of year
The Apple iWatch will ship in the third quarter of the year and be manufactured by Quanta Computer, claims Taiwan's Economic Daily News, as quoted by Digitimes. Two other companies, Richtek and TPK, will reportedly be supplying chips and sapphire touch panels. The watch's processor is expected to be developed by Apple, but manufactured by Samsung, which currently handles all iOS processor production. Apple is said to be aiming at having 65 million iWatches assembled by the end of 2014.
The rumors are consistent with some earlier reports, namely ones mentioning the involvement of Quanta and TPK, the latter of which was tagged as supplying flexible AMOLED panels. The claims about Quanta, though, originally pointed to a Q2 iWatch release, something that is now impossible given the lack of any production ramp-up so far.
Digitimes sources meanwhile say that Apple is planning a research and development team that would be tasked with creating baseband processors for 2015-model iPhones. The actual manufacturing would be handled by two firms, Samsung and Globalfoundries. Apple could integrate baseband technology into its A-series processors, but it's believed that the company will most likely continue to use separate chips. At the moment Apple is said to buy baseband chips from Qualcomm and have them produced at TSMC.