Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Apple Watch 2 Might Not be Launched in March
There is a possibility that the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Apple Watch that comes with FaceTime camera may not make a debut in March 2016. A report was issued by 9to5mac that Apple planned to unveil the Apple Watch 2 in March this year. The report also claimed that iPhone 6c, 4-inch smartphone, is also set to be launched during the same event.
The first generation of Apple Watch was released in April 2015. Therefore, an event followed by launching in the same month or even in April does not seem to make much sense. The launch is even more unlikely if the company has any plans to tag along the annual cycle of products refreshments as it has always done for the iPhone.
It is only a few days back that a report came from China stating that Apple Watch 2 will be produced later this month. However, some experts are of the opinion that it is highly unlikely for the launch to be set for March. He asserted that design partnership, accessories or such a thing could be possible in March but not an Apple Watch 2 which requires having a number of new hardware features. Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch, being a long-time Apple commentator cited inside sources claiming that Apple has not been developing the new version of the Watch’s software.
According to an independent analyst, Ben Bajarin, the company’s supply chain had not seen significant changes in the production and will, therefore, have to get used to making the new Apple Watch first. The timing does not seem right for new orders due to the supply chain cuts from the company’s component provider. If the claim to launch was true, orders would have taken place in the latter part of last year.
There still haven’t been any revealed sales figures for the first generation Apple Watch from the company. A statement was made by an Apple supplier in Taiwan claiming that we are just seven months from the release of this new model. A different report from DigiTimes made it clear that a new Apple Watch will be up for sale by the end of 2Q next year. Mass manufacturing will begin in the third quarter of next year and that fits with the analysts’ predictions.