Kuo: Apple Watch Series 7 to Ship Later This Month After Production Issues Fixed

Apple has resolved its Apple Watch Series 7 production issues and will start mass producing the new model in mid to late September, with a launch later the same month still on schedule, according to a new investor note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by MacRumors.

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The production issue of the Apple Watch 7 is mainly related to the panel side. However, it has been resolved, and mass production of panel modules will begin in mid-September.

The Apple Watch Series 7 will feature a new design with a flat-edged look that's similar to the flat edges used for the iPhone 12 and iPad Pro. According to Kuo, the new Apple Watch had to go through more production processes than previous models because of this "dramatic" change in the design.

Specifically, the new more durable display panel uses a contact design instead of the old cable design, and also requires a low injection pressure overmolding (LIPO) process for the first time. Apple is also using a new OLED production line that can improve efficiency and reduce panel costs, but that required new suppliers like LG Display, Young Poong, and Jabil to come on board, which in itself could have contributed to the delays.

Due to the adoption of many new panel-related production processes for the first time, the Apple Watch 7 panel module encountered reliability issues during the risk-ramp phase before Jabil started mass production, mainly including blinking panel and touch insensitivity. This complicated production issue may be related to LGD, Jabil, or Young Poong.

The good news is Apple has solved the panel module reliability issues by going through different designs of experiments (DOE) to find the best production configuration and adjusting the qualification standards on the panel and assembly sides.

"We expect Jabil to start mass production of Apple Watch 7 panel modules in mid-September," said Kuo in the note. Based on this new schedule, the analyst says the end product will start mass shipments in late September.

Both Nikkei Asia and Bloomberg previously reported that production issues due to the more complicated design meant the launch of the Apple Watch Series 7 was likely to be delayed. Separately, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman recently reported that the device could be available in limited quantities at launch. Gurman reiterated has this in a tweet following Kuo's latest investor note.


In his note, Kuo also mentions his optimism for 2022 Apple Watch shipments, due to the Series 8 offering "new health management features (e.g., temperature measurement, etc.)" – a reference to the recently reported thermometer function that Apple is said to be considering adding to the device as soon as next year.

Apple plans to unveil the redesigned watch alongside its new iPhone 13 lineup at next week's digital-only event on Tuesday, September 14. We have a full rundown on everything that we expect to see from the Apple Watch Series 7 in our dedicated guide.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
18 months ago

I call BS on this whole rumour
To be honest with you... Kuo is very reliable.

https://appleinsider.com/inside/ming-chi-kuo
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
18 months ago
Apple is staying on top of it. I knew Apple will pull it off.

So to be exact we should be able to have the Apple Watch in our hands on either September 25th with an iPhone launch or October 1st? Both dates are falling on a Friday.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
btrach144 Avatar
18 months ago
Hopefully we can all order and get in line.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
whcchief Avatar
18 months ago

So basically two manufactured articles over nothing. Did Apple really have production issues? We will never know.
Is this Mac Rumours or Mac Facts? Get real.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
18 months ago
Now Mr. Gurman is chiming in..

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Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
18 months ago

To be honest with you... Kuo is very reliable.

https://appleinsider.com/inside/ming-chi-kuo
Only because he scatter-guns his predictions .... one day he predicts the iphone 13 may have a 120hz display, and the next it may not. The new M macbooks may have mini-LED, and maybe they won't. They may have lots of legacy ports, and maybe they won't.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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