The Apple Watch Series 3 is set to arrive this Fall along with the widely anticipated iPhone 8. Insider reports say the wrist gadget will arrive just ahead of the holiday season. No doubt Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has plans to secure yet another lucrative Christmas quarter. This year, the American technology major has taken on Compal Electronics, too. The Taiwanese tech producer will help with the Apple Watch’s production and distribution starting later this year. Previously, production of the Watches was handled solely by Quanta.
Compal Electronics is an reputable tech manufacture based in Taiwan. The company assembles the products of leading tech companies worldwide. Televisions, laptops and smartphones by The likes of Lenovo, Acer, Toshiba and Dell have all made use of Compal to help bring their gadgets to market. Those close to the company claim that Compal Electronics can be expected to begin shipping Watches in the later part of this year.
“Supply chain sources speaking with Digitimes say Compal Electronics will start shipping Apple Watch in the second half of 2017,” writes Mac Observer. “[This] is a good indicator that we’ll see the updated smartwatch in the fall. The company has been redeploying equipment from its smart device production centers in preparation for Apple Watch.”
The Taiwanese tech company is the second to be assigned the production of the Apple Watch. Only Quanta has dealt with the Apple Watch’s assembly since the digital watch first landed on the market. With the arrival of the Watch Series 3, Apple has taken on another to help put the device together. Compal has made no official statement about the rumors. However, shifting manufacturing equipment suggest the could be weight to the reports.
If the Watch Series 3 is indeed on its way, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is keeping the details to themselves. There are report which suggest that the incoming device will be less dependent on the iPhone. Other sources speak of a circular design face. News about the use of module electronic wristbands recently came to the fore as well.
Modular Watch links from Apple
Apple looks keen to add key functions to its watch links. Recently discovered, a patent filed by the company shows an modular system of accessories in the form of watch joints. Picture links dedicated to battery power, biometric sensors, connectivity, camera functions, haptic feedback and speakers. These would effectively make up the watch’s metal band.
The patents was initially heard of in March 2016. It includes standardized links that hold working electronic components. These modular individual devices are made to appear and work as normal watch links, too. They will be attachable via some flexible conductive material similar to those in the Apple Link Bracelet.
Apple Watch is a great seller
Apple is yet to give the public details about the Watch’s actual sales performance. This is mostly done to keep competitors in the dark. At quarter revenue calls, the company groups Watch sales with other ‘accessories’. Last September saw the unveiling of the latest Watch, dubbed Series 2. The iPhone maker also collaborated with sportswear giant Nike to produce a new Nike+ edition of the Watch. It is speculated that both these items pulled in large sales numbers this Christmas season.
The Christmas quarter showed some impressive gains with more than $17 billion in overall profits. The maker of the iPhone remains at the head of smartwatch sales worldwide. Its digital timpiece is also the globe’s second leading watch brand by revenue. First place remained fixed to Rolex in that regard. It is interesting to know that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a round design stashed away in its back pocket. The secured watch link patent is equally as exciting. Perhaps 2017 will be the year these designs get put to use.