Apple suppliers in China have finally started producing the iWatch, according to a report from China Times that claims Jony Ive’s wristwatch masterpiece will land in the U.S. this Fall, and it might be even smaller than we thought.
Rather than going with a traditional printed circuit board, Apple will use a system-in-package (SiP) module – a bunch of integrated circuits and parts wrapped up in an enclosed package. SiPs allow a simpler design overall as fewer external components are needed.
The benefit of using an SiP system is it will save space so Jony Ive can slim its profile to the barebones. The drawback is that if one part goes faulty the entire system has to be replaced.
Production of SiPs usually yield fewer units, so Apple is already beginning a small sample of production on the iWatch, according to China Times’ sources, with 2.5 – 3 million units expected by Fall 2014, a small initial supply to launch with, but production should ramp up to 14 – 15 million units by the end of the year.
Kinsus Interconnect Technology Corp, NanyaPCB and Advanced Semiconductor are said to be the companies producing Apple’s SiP modules with a launch slated for sometime in September. are going to be the ones behind the production of the said component.