Apple Watch Chip Supplier Hastens Production For 2015 Orders
It appears that Apple is hell bent on releasing its Apple Watch earlier than speculations predicted as news report coming Digitimes say that the Cupertino firm’s Apple Watch chipmaker is gearing up production for a possible 30 to 40 million orders of Apple’s first wearable technology.
The report says that Quanta Computer, Apple’s sole supplier for the silicon chips needed for the Apple Watch, has already started production of the parts after the device has passed both the engineering verification and product verification testing stages and is now ready for mass production.
Apple is expected to produce about 30 to 40 million Apple Watches by early 2015 for a possible Valentine’s Day release. This estimate is a far cry from the 800,000 units that Samsung sold of its Galaxy Gear Smartwatches in its first two months.
The Fruit Firm is using a new advanced technology dubbed system-in-package (SiP) which includes a whole computer-on-a-chip. Christened as the “S1”, it is a chip composed of multiple subsystems combined to fit the miniscule area provided for by the Apple Watch.
Last September, Apple did not say much about the S1 aside from the fact that it’s a first in the industry. During a video presentation of the Apple Watch, Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President (SVP) of Design added that the S1 is totally encased in resin to make it virtually impenetrable by the elements.
Aside from the S1 SiP chip, the Apple Watch also boasts a Force Touch Retina display which is able to distinguish between taps and presses, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, haptic feedback via the Taptic Engine, Near Field Communication (NCF) for Apple Pay functionality, wireless inductive charging, and the featured Digital Crown which serves a navigator for the Apple Watch OS and to wake Siri up.
With all of these preparations, users are already eager to know when they can wrap the Apple Watch on their wrists. Most rumors speculate that Apple would be unleashing its latest timepiece masterpiece by February 14, 2015 though others claim that Apple will not have enough time to do a Valentine’s Day debut and are betting on a 2015 second quarter release.