Upstream suppliers are expected to see strong growth in wearable product operations in the fourth quarter of this year thanks to rising sales of Apple's AirPods and Apple Watch range, according to sources in the supply chain (via DigiTimes).

Quanta, Iventec, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), as well as Foxconn subsidiaries Shunshin Tech and Luxshare-ICT are all expected to benefit from increased sales in Q4 2017, as Apple achieves supply/demand balance for its AirPods and consumer interest in the latest Apple Watch models increases into the holiday season.

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Quanta and USI have been long-term supply-chain partners of the Apple Watch series and are expected to see a significant revenue contribution from the orders, while Shunsin has just recently joined the supply chain to provide SiP services and will begin processing related orders in February or March 2018, the sources noted.

As for the AirPods, the sources pointed out that the shortages have already eased and Apple has also increased its orders for the device.

Inventec is the manufacturer of the AirPods, while the device's proprietary W1 chip that allows seamless pairing is supplied by Luxshare-ICT. In addition to the orders, Luxshare-ICT also supplies connectors, cables and antennas for Mac and iPhone products.

AirPods now ship from the online Apple Store in just three to five business days in the United States, Canada, U.K., Australia, and several other countries around the world. Prior to August, the popular earphones had been in extremely short supply, with a typical wait time of six weeks from order to delivery.

Meanwhile, Apple has been getting backordered Apple Watch Series 3 LTE models out quicker than expected, with several customers who expected their devices in mid-October already receiving shipment confirmations.

All Apple Watch Series 3 models with LTE connectivity list shipment dates of at least three to four weeks when purchased online in the United States, and availability is similarly limited in other countries, but indications are that the wait could in fact be shorter. Non-LTE Series 3 Apple Watch models are readily available in stores and will ship out right away, while Nike+ models won't start arriving to customers until Thursday, October 5.

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Top Rated Comments

djcerla Avatar
50 months ago
These are just the first baby steps for the Apple Watch.

The mature device will be, among other things, the pillar for a completely new doctor-patient relationship. It may sell in the hundreds of millions, and create an healthy halo effect for other Apple devices and services.
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jbizzybeetle Avatar
50 months ago
warms this early adopter’s heart...for which I know the bpm of every hour thanks to AW :)
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Relentless Power Avatar
50 months ago
The Apple Watch is the top selling smart watch globally over other Watch manufacturers and the Airpods almost in stock regularly after almost a year being released in December. Both highly successful accessories to the iPhone in their own right.
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lmcrael Avatar
50 months ago
Got my Apple Watch on delivery day and I’ll warn you, the signal on it sucks at times, text messages take forever to send and most sns texts don’t even send at all
Got mine on launch day as well, on AT&T. I've had 0 issues with the watch or connectivity. My favorite apple product, outside of airpods.
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dwaltwhit Avatar
50 months ago
I think it bears noting that those initial adopters (me) that bought the series 0 on day one are getting to the point where it makes sense to upgrade. LTE isn't a gamechanger for me personally, but I would like a faster watch. Summoning siri for things like homekit commands often take longer than I'd like.
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fb3 Avatar
50 months ago
I think it bears noting that those initial adopters (me) that bought the series 0 on day one are getting to the point where it makes sense to upgrade. LTE isn't a gamechanger for me personally, but I would like a faster watch. Summoning siri for things like homekit commands often take longer than I'd like.
Do it :) !

I bought S0 at launch (and had it on my wrist every day since) and just upgraded to the S3 cellular. What an amazing difference ion speed and general feel! :D
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