3 companies could take over Apple Watch production

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Your next Apple Watch could be made by Foxconn, who also assembles iPhone and iPad.
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Apple Watch might go through a big change behind the scenes. Until now, this wearable has been assembled mostly by Quanta, but that’s reportedly going to change next year. No less than three companies are going to take on the job.

The job of assembling 2020’s Apple Watch Series 6 will be handled by Foxconn and Compal, according to an unconfirmed report by DigiTimes. Compal is already a secondary supplier of Apple’s wearables, but Foxconn would be a complete addition.

It’s apparently stepping into the shoes of Quanta, who once was the sole Apple Watch assembly partner until Compal joined in last year.

This is the second report indicating Quanta wants out, and the company might even sell its plant dedicated to this wrist computer. Apparently, management doesn’t feel this business is profitable enough.

Apple Watch Series 6 features: Too soon to say

With Series 5 only debuting last month, we know essentially nothing about the features of the device Foxconn and Compal will be producing in 2020. Still, the newest version is only a minor update from its predecessor so many people are expecting big changes in Apple Watch Series 6.

On the other end of the pricing spectrum, at least one older model will stay in Apple’s lineup, as Luxshare is allegedly going to take over this particular part of the job from Quanta. Holding only previous offerings is a standard practice — currently, along with new Apple Watch Series 5, shoppers can also choose the less expensive Series 3, first released in 2017.

Source: DigiTimes
Via: MacRumors