The Apple Watch 2 is expected to be launched within the second half of this year, and it is rumored that it will be unveiled in June. Just recently, a report claims that overseas manufacturers, which include Samsung, have already secured their place within Apple’s supply chain for the next-generation smartwatch’s components.
Reports Claim That the Apple Watch 2 Will be Introduced in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference
DigiTimes, the supply chain inside report expert, reports that the Taiwanese Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has already secured the majority of orders to produce the Apple Watch 2, more specifically speaking that of its system-on-a-chip processor. This system-in-package (SiP) module provider was already in the supply chain for the original Apple smartwatch. It has also maintained its inclusion in the product line for the next-generation wearable tech. Meanwhile, an arm of Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology, STATS ChipPAC, and along with Amkor Technology, will share the leftovers of the whole SiP module supply, as per the publication’s sources.
Kinsus Interconnect Technology, another Taiwanese manufacturer, has obtained the substrate orders for the next-generation Apple Watch. Samsun Electronics will then fabricate the processors, which is said to have NAND flash, DRAM, and other chips. Both Kinsus and Samsung are known to have supplied parts for the original wearable tech from Apple, as it is powered by the Apple S1 chip.
There are previous reports which claimed that Quanta Computer will play a major role for the new Apple Smartwatch as a major manufacturer. This particular company reportedly started trial production of the upcoming smartwatch back in January of this year. This means that a launch might already be imminent this June as mass production and shipments are scheduled within the third quarter of this year. This can be anytime between July and September.
Apple has yet to confirm speculations with regards to the release date or the price for the Apple Watch 2. In fact, it can come anytime this year. Looking back, the first Apple Watch was launched in a March event last year, while the latest iPhone to grace the company’s smartphone line, the iPhone SE, was launched this year. It could be that the new wearable tech will be unveiled at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference which is scheduled to take place in June. Ming Chi Kuo, a reputable KGI securities analyst, proclaims that the product will go into mass production within the third quarter of this year.