Apple promised us its new smartwatch would be available in early 2015, but it looks like the company may be struggling to hit its own deadlines. A new report from AppleDaily claims the firm will kick of mass production for the Apple Watch in January 2015, suggesting it could be a while before the device is in stores.
According to the Taiwan-based paper, Apple has partnered with Quanta to manufacture the new device. The Chinese computer-maker has worked with Cupertino in the past, but this deal could bring that partnership to new levels. Quanta apparently plans to increase its work force to roughly 4 million people, and the company may have signed a deal which blocks it from working on any rival smartwatches in the future.
Hopefully all this means we’ll be able to get our hands on the Apple Watch in early 2015. Then again, it could take a while to ramp up production. Based on recent reports it sounds like Apple is still finalizing some elements of its hardware and software, but we’re crossing our fingers that everything will be sorted out in time for a launch early next year.
Apple is expected to hold at least one more press event in 2014 to announce new iPads, MacBooks and the final version of OS X Yosemite, so hopefully we’ll get an update on the company’s new smartwatch before the end of the year as well.