The next-generation Apple Watch is apparently moving closer to reality. According to a new report from Digitimes, Apple has begun to place orders for parts in the new device. That’s a good sign production could begin soon.
Some familiar names
The site, which has a hit-or-miss track record when it comes to Apple news, says that Advanced Semiconductor Engineering will be the major provider of the system-in-package modules powering the new device – more than likely to be named the “S2.” Other providers for the chip will likely include Amkor and STATS ChipPAC.
ASE is the only provider of the current-generation S1 chip in the Apple Watch.
A very familiar name – Samsung – will fabricate the processor in the “Apple Watch 2.” Apple’s frenemy also manufacturers the processor in the S1. Kinsus will reportedly be the sole substrate provider.
An 's' upgrade?
The S1 chip powering the current Apple Watch isn't exactly known as being a speed demon.
Earlier this week, well-connected and accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects that the device will offer “spec improvements with limited changes to form factor design.” That’s akin to the iPhone release cycle that only sees a major hardware change every two years.
While that might disappoint some potential buyers, the slow processing capabilities of the Apple Watch is one of its major problems. I’m glad to hear Apple is apparently focusing on making improvements in that area. The hardware doesn’t need an enormous amount of tweaking – at least for now.
A recent poll of current Apple Watch owners said that around two-thirds are interested in making the upgrade to the new model. In the same survey, both owners and non-owners said that cost was the major issue in not purchasing the device.
We’re expecting to see the new watch introduced sometime this fall, possibly with the “iPhone 7.”