Kuo: Apple Watch Series 7 shipment delay ‘not significant’ and won’t impact release schedule

By José Adorno

September 12, 2021

As we are a few days away from Apple introducing the new iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offered a new insight about Series 7 mass production delay and the impact on the release schedule.

Production of the upcoming Apple Watch has been delayed in large part due to the complicated designs of the new smartwatch, Nikkei Asia has learned. Manufacturers of Apple Watch 7, as the device is expected to be called, began small-scale production last week but encountered critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance, multiple people familiar with the situation said.

With that in mind, Apple is likely to announce and start shipping the new Series 7 as predicted. Kuo says that Luxshare ICT, the main assembler of the Apple Watch Series 7, is now “aggressively” duplicating production lines and will start mass production of all production lines by the end of September.”

Although it may be hard to get a new Apple Watch in September, Kuo believes the supply of the Series 7 will improve “significantly from mid-to-late October.”