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Bryan M. Wolfe
| January 2, 2014
Manufacturers Are Having Problems Creating Apple's 'iWatch'
Apple’s so-called “iWatch” is seeing poor yield rates stemming from "difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded (MIM) chassis.” This suggests there could be a delay for Cupertino’s unannounced, yet long-rumored wrist-worn accessory, according to Digitimes. To date, manufacturers are seeing less than 50 percent yield rates due to problems with the MIM chassis. In addition to the iWatch, this problem is also said to be hurting production on Qualcomm’s Toq smart watch for Android. According to sources in the supply stream, surface treatments for MIM-made components have become an “important process for the look of products.” Unfortunately, “Since clients have high demand over quality, and also need high volumes of supply, most component makers are having difficulties satisfying both of requirements.” Apple is expected to unveil the iWatch later this year. The wearable device could feature an OLED display, be available in two screen sizes, and include wireless charging. In addition to Apple and Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung Electronics, Pebble, Casio, Nike, Adidas, Epson, and LG are also preparing to launch new wearable devices in 2014. See also: AppAdvice's Bold Predictions For Apple In 2014, Say Hello To The 'Definitive All-In-One' Neptune Pine Smart Watch, and Report Claims Apple's iWatch To Feature Wireless Charging, Set For October 2014 Launch. Photo: iWatch Design Concept by Sourcebits