What you need to know
- The Apple Watch Series 7 might be delayed.
- Nikkei Asia reports serious issues with production because of its design.
- Apple has reportedly halted production to sort out the problems.
Update, August 31 (7:20 pm ET): Bloomberg is corroborating Nikkei Asia's report from earlier today
A new report claims Apple Watch Series 7 could be delayed due to production issues caused by its complex design.
Nikkei Asia reports:
According to the report, three sources said that "disappointing" production quality could be attributed to the complexity of design, with rumors of a big design overhaul to this year's model. Nikkei says production has been temporarily halted whilst Apple try to sort out the issue with suppliers.
The report notes rumored expected features include blood pressure measurement, with components for this and water resistance increasing the challenge, one source told the outlet that all assemblers are facing the same issues and that Apple has also asked some component suppliers to delay shipments of parts to assemblers:
Nikkei claims that Apple was supposed to unveil the watch alongside iPhone 13, however, the report says the development could affect Apple's shipment plans for its best ever Apple Watch, leaving some hope that the announcement might not be impacted by the delay.
Update, August 31 (11:15 pm ET) — Bloomberg is corroborating Nikkei Asia's report from earlier today
A new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg corroborates Nikkei's report from earlier today. According to the new report, production issues related to the redesign could lead to delays in the Apple Watch Series 7 release date.
The Apple Watch Series 7, according to Bloomberg, is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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