There’s still no confirmation that Apple will release a smartwatch this year, but with growing competition over the wearables market, and Google’s own Android Wear on the way, we wouldn’t exactly be surprised to see an iWatch announced sometime this fall. A new report from Chinese newspaper The Economic Daily News (via DigiTimes) claims the Apple smartwatch will launch in Q3 2014 according to Asian supply chain sources.
Apple is reportedly working with a number of suppliers to ship around 65 million smartwatch units later this year. Yes, you read that correctly – a stunning 65 million smartwatches. That’s a far cry from the 400,000 Pebble units shipped in all of 2013. Taiwanese company Richtek is apparently tasked with manufacturing iWatch processors, while TPK is producing touch panels and Quanta Computer will take care of the rest. The report adds that production is expected to begin in August.
Until Tim Cook or another Apple executive says the words iWatch, smartwatch or wristband there’s no guarantee the company will ever release a device for your wrist. If production does start in August, however, it may not be long before the iWatch leaks out. Then again, maybe that’s why Apple has switched suppliers for the device, especially after leaked copies of the iPhone 5s and 5c were plastered across the Internet last year.