Apple has overcome the production problems with its Series 7 smartwatch and will start producing in series the new model from mid to late September, with a launch later that month, according to a note provided by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo said: The 7 Series production problem is mainly related to the card side. However, it has been fixed and mass production of the panel units will begin in mid-September, “reported the Arab Technical News Portal.
The 7 Series has a new design with a flat appearance reminiscent of the flat edges used on the iPhone 12 and iPad Pro. According to the analyst, Apple’s new smartwatch had to go through more manufacturing operations than previous models, due to this change in design.
Notably, the new, more durable screen uses a design in contact instead of the old design of the cable and also requires a LIPO process for the first time.
The company is also using a new OLED production line in can improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of the screen. However, this requires the inclusion of new suppliers such as LGF, Young Poong and Jabil, which in themselves may have contributed to the delay.
Koo added: “As many new screen-related productions were first adopted, the Series 7 monitor encountered reliability issues during the increased risk phase before Jabil began mass production, including mainly the Screen flickering and numbness to touch. It could be a complex manufacturing problem. These are related to LGD, Jabil or Young Poong. “
Apple has fixed the drive’s reliability issues display conducting various DOE experiment projects to find the best production setup and adjusting the qualification criteria on both sides of the display and assembly.
“We expect Jabil to start production in unit series display Series 7 in mid-September, “Koo said in the statement. Based on this new program, the analyst says the final product will begin mass shipping at the end of September.
Bloomberg in previously reported that production problems due to a design more complex meant that the launch of the 7 Series would be delayed.
Separately, agency reporter Mark Gorman recently said the device may be available in limited quantities at launch. Gorman reiterated this in a tweet after the analyst’s last note.
In his note, Kuo also indicated his optimism about the 8 Series shipments for 2022. This is because the series introduces new health management features such as temperature measurement.
This is a reference to the recently reported thermometer functionality, which Apple is said to be considering adding to the device as soon as next year.
The company plans to unveil the redesigned watch alongside the iPhone 13 range at its September 14 event.
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