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New Apple Watch model nears mass production

19 August, 2017, 03:35 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Apple Watch 3 in Final Test Phase [Report]

Apple launched its first generation watch in April 2015, while the second generation came out in September 2016. At the end of June, nearly 9 percent of USA consumers aged 18 or over owned a smartwatch, up almost 1.5 percentage points from the six months prior. The report, citing sources, suggests that the wearable device won't be requiring iPhone's connectivity for certain features.

Chinese business news outfit Economic Daily has published a new report (H/T 9to5Mac) claiming that one of Apple's key partners, Taiwan-based Quanta Computer, has the Cupertino-based firm's third-gen smartwatch in for final testing, with mass production set to begin shortly ahead of a Q4 2017 release.

None can explain why smartwatches have failed to take off, but it could be that these devices, except for fitness-focused watches, have failed to attract customers given their reliance on smartphones to work. It will be used for data connectivity features instead.

Foxconn did not have any orders for the Apple Watch, but its subsidiary Shunsin Technology has entered the supply chain providing system in packaging (SiP) services for the Apple Watch, the sources added. When not paired or connected to a Wi-Fi network, the smartwatch becomes incapable of running some apps, such as FaceTime.

Kuo has previously reported Apple will offer both a non-LTE and LTE version of the Apple Watch 3. They'll come with a so-called eSIM to save space, and will work across major USA carriers. Are you a techie who knows how to write?

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