The variously-reliable Digitimes reports supply-chain sources as saying that Apple is likely to ship more than 10M Apple Watches by the end of the year, noting that the company is currently seeking a second supplier.

Apple has placed orders for four million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, targeting mainly demand from the year-end holidays. Sales of Apple Watch are expected to surpass 10 million units in 2015 […]

Apple is to seek another manufacturer aside from Quanta Computer, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report … 

Apple Watches are currently all made by Quanta Computer, but Apple has reportedly approached Inventec, Wistron and Foxconn Electronics about the possibility of one of them acting as a second supplier. The piece claims that the companies may be reluctant after Quanta reportedly made weaker than expected profits from the contract.

Quanta was recently cited as the source for an earlier report claiming that the Apple Watch 2 will be shipped around the second or third quarter of next year.

Our own sources back in the summer suggested that the next-generation Watch may see a FaceTime camera, made more capable with on-board Wi-Fi and additional premium-priced models.

Apple has consistently declined to reveal sales numbers for the Apple Watch, with analysts essentially guessing wildly.


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