Tim Cook told the world that the Apple Pay would go live in October, but now we have a date. Likewise, he also said Apple Watch would go on sale in “early 2015.” But what does that mean, January, February or March? Apple’s ever leaky Asian supply chain provides clue.
Additionally, iOS 8.1 will also bring back Camera Roll and app-by-app permission settings, as well as the ability to toggle Dictation in Keyboards and gentle tweaking of the Notification Center user interface.
Apple Watch: Production Watch
Yes, Apple did say the Apple Watch would go on sale sometime in early 2013, which is a roughly three to four month window. A fresh rumor from Apple Daily (Taiwan) somewhat narrows that timeframe:
Apple Watch also reported to be launched in February next year, Quanta (2382) to obtain exclusive manufacturing rights, pass Apple has notified Quanta Changshu plant in the next year in January were a lot of production, then the human Changshu plant will grow to 4 million people… — Google Translation.
Four million people?!? But that’s just trivia.
The notion that Quanta will begin Apple Watch product in January and then ship it in February is perhaps a little suspect. First of all, for major product launches like the iPhone and iPad, Apple generally begins mass production two to three months before the anticipated launch date.
Also, Chinese New Year 2015 fall on February 19, which further limits the Apple Watch production window and knocks out follow on production — China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc pretty much shutdown for two weeks for Chinese New Year — for several weeks.
That said, it might be true that Apple Watch production will begin in January or that the Apple Watch ship date falls in February. However, it would seem highly unlikely that both are true…
What’s your take?