Apple Takes Delivery Of Flexible Circuit Boards For iWatch [Rumor]

(Credit: Todd Hamilton)

(Credit: Todd Hamilton)

Are we getting closer to the long-awaited iWatch?

According to a new report, three Apple suppliers have delivered samples of flexible circuit boards for the iWatch — with the device now expected to be unveiled in September.

Notes DigiTimes:

Flexible PCB suppliers Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology reportedly have delivered FPCB samples for use in iWatch devices to Apple for validation, according to industry sources.

As reportedly Apple’s largest existing FPCB supplier, Zhen Ding plans to invest more than $100 million to boost production capacity for the iWatch, large-screen iPhones and iPads. Flexium is said to be spending between  $50 and $66 million for a ramp-up of mid- and high-end FPCB products, while Career will supposedly spend around $33 million on its facility expansion.

Although DigiTimes might have a hit-and-miss record when it comes to breaking news, this latest report does follow another recent report indicating that the iWatch will launch in the third quarter of 2014. That story suggested that Apple is targeting production of 65 million units by the end of the year.

Details about what exactly the iWatch will feature are still minimal, but it likely won’t simply be a smartphone for your wrist. Instead the iWatch will focus on biometrics, with advanced sensors capable of detecting a user’s heart rate, blood pressure, and more. A recent Apple patent application described a smart watch-mounted pedometer, while another new report suggests the iWatch could boast an ultraviolet light sensor.

If these new reports of a September release for the iWatch prove accurate, we may not have long to wait to find out for sure.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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