Apple Watch Series 7 production issues resolved, mass-shipments to begin later this month, Kuo says
Respected industry analysts Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that Apple suppliers have overcome earlier manufacturing issues with the Apple Watch Series 7, reporting that the new wearable will get a “dramatic” change in the design, and mass-shipments are set to begin later this month.
Nikkei Asia and Bloomberg reported at the end of August that production issues had caused Apple Watch Series 7 production to be halted “due to critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance,” citing the complexity of the wearable’s rumored new design as a contributing factor to the unexpected delay.
According to Kuo, suppliers have now overcome those earlier issues and work is underway to ramp up production ahead of the new Apple Watch’s launch, scheduled for next Tuesday at Apple’s highly anticipated “California streaming” special event.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is said to get a faster processor, improved wireless connectivity, and an updated screen. Recent leaks and reports have pointed to Apple making the new wearable available in new 41mm & 45mm sizes, replacing the current 40mm and 44mm options.
As noted by AppleInsider, Kuo forecasts Apple will ship between 14 million and 16 million Apple Watch Series 7 units in 2021, with total Watch shipments soaring to between 40 million and 45 million units.