A report by Taiwan’s United Daily News claims that Apple supplier Quanta will begin mass-production of the Apple Watch in January, echoing an earlier supply-chain rumor from September. It claims that the initial production run will be between three and five million units.
The report says that there have been ‘breakthroughs’ in yield issues, and that the company increased its production staffing from 3000 to 10,000 workers in the second half of the year, with further recruitment ongoing …
We have, though, been seeing increasing signs of Apple gearing-up for the release of its smartwatch. The company recently updated its microsite with interactive images and new sections with greater detail on the functionality of the device, and we exclusively revealed that Apple Stores have begun recruiting fashion and luxury experts to help sell the watch. The iOS 8.2 beta released to developers yesterday includes WatchKit, allowing them to create apps and Glances for the device.
Morgan Stanley predicted last month that around 10% of owners of the iPhone 5 and up will buy an Apple Watch, putting first year sales right at the top-end of the 10-30M range suggested by other analysts.