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More Suppliers Secure Apple Watch 2 Orders as Launch Inches Closer

Apple-Watch-trioWith the Apple Watch 2 expected to launch in the second half of 2016, supply chain informant DigiTimes reports that Samsung and other overseas manufacturers have secured component orders for the next-generation device.

Taiwan-based Advanced Semiconductor Engineering will fulfill the majority of system-on-a-chip production, while Amkor Technology and STATS ChipPAC will share a portion of remaining orders, according to the report.

Meanwhile, additional Taiwanese supplier Kinsus Interconnect Technology is said to have secured Apple Watch 2 substrate orders, and Samsung Electronics will reportedly fabricate the Apple Watch 2's processor, consisting of mobile DRAM, NAND flash, and other chips. Both Kinsus and Samsung provide components for the original Apple Watch, which is powered by Apple's custom-designed S1 chip.

Previous reports indicated that Quanta Computer will likely remain the key Apple Watch 2 manufacturer. The supplier reportedly began trial production of the second-generation watch in January, in time for a purported late-second-quarter launch around June. Volume shipments were said to begin in the third quarter, which could be any point between early July and late September.

Opportunities for Apple to introduce a second-generation Apple Watch include its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, or its annual iPhone introduction event in September. The original Apple Watch was announced in early September 2014 and released in late April 2015, suggesting an elongated 14 to 19 month release cycle between models that may help avoid consumer exhaustion.

Apple analyst Brian White recently speculated that a 20% to 40% thinner Apple Watch 2 could be unveiled by June, possibly at WWDC, but his track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming plans is far from perfect. More reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the Apple Watch 2 will enter mass production in the third quarter of 2016, in line with a fall launch alongside the iPhone 7.

Few details are known about the Apple Watch 2 beyond a June 2015 report that said it will feature a FaceTime video camera and expanded Wi-Fi capabilities, while new bands and finishes are always a possibility. Kuo believes the Apple Watch 2 will feature mostly internal improvements, and possibly minor form factor changes, with a more complete redesign of the device not arriving until 2017.

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41 months ago
No need for a FaceTime camera! Rather have GPS.
Rating: 23 Votes
41 months ago

Few details are known about the Apple Watch 2 beyond a June 2015 report that said it will feature a FaceTime video camera ('')

Smart keyboard also, and pencil please. Let's make it pro
Rating: 23 Votes
41 months ago

Let me guess it will be thinner with the same battery life

This thing needs to have a at least 2 full days worth of battery for me to even start considering it

LOL. 2 days. Guess you will be 'watchless' for a while.

Blows my mind that people can't charge their watch every night. It literally takes 2 seconds for me to put my watch on the dock each night. For me its way easier to charge each day. It would be harder to remember to charge every other day.

Every day charge my phone and watch. Takes 5 seconds to do both. LOL.
Rating: 12 Votes
41 months ago
facetime camera to film your nose holes from down below while you receiving a call?
Rating: 9 Votes
41 months ago
Does that mean we will see an :apple:Watch2 band event?
Rating: 7 Votes
41 months ago
TBH, GPS is probably the only thing it really needs (and perhaps a couple more sensors for health).
Rating: 7 Votes
41 months ago

guess you are going bust then.

A GPS would make the watch to heavy (you would need to add a cell radio also)
too expensive ( go add another $120 to add GPS+LTE radio)
and GPS will drain the battery big time.

My TomTom Runner 2 has GPS + heartbeat monitor + music player inbuilt, at roughly the same size/weight and half the price of the AW. Yes, the screen is mono and w/o touch, but then again, battery life is way better.
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago

If there most popular product is called an "iPhone", why didn't they brand their watch an, "iWatch"? The current names are somewhat confusing.

Going by that logic, they should've named the iPhone the MacPhone.
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago


Samsung and other overseas manufacturers have secured component orders for the next-generation device.

Why on Earth do you term them 'overseas'?

Such a relative term, especially for a website with a global readership / Such a presumption of everything revolving around America!
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago

GPS is worthless without a cell radio.
With just GPS it would take 5 minutes+ to find a signal. Thats why it would need a cell radio to have a usable GPS.

So do you really want to stuff a GPS+Cell Radio in the watch?

What do you mean? My Garmin for example finds a signal in about 20-30 seconds...
Rating: 5 Votes

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