Even though Apple has formally unveiled the Apple Watch earlier this month its not like the rumors are going to end. The company didn’t confirm some important details about the wearable device, such as its battery life, its exact release date, and the price of Apple Watch Edition models. This means we’ll have to deal with Apple Watch rumors until early next year when the device is slated to be released. A new rumor today suggests that the Apple Watch will actually enter mass production in January 2015.
If that is the case wouldn’t that make it hard for Apple to meet its early 2015 release timeframe for the Apple Watch? Surely production will have to be started in the near future if that timeframe is to be met.
Initially it was reported that Quanta Computer and Inventec will be handling mass production of the Apple Watch. Now a rumor claims that Inventec has dropped out and Quanta is solely responsible for all mass production, which is why it is apparently increasing its workforce up to four million.
With just one supplier mass producing the Apple Watch there exists the possibility that the company may not be truly able to meet its early 2015 release timeframe. Perhaps it can stagger the launch across several markets to ensure that its out by the time it has promised even if in a handful of markets initially.
Since Apple does not comment on rumors and speculation about its supply chain there’s no way to confirm officially whether issues with supply can cause the release to be pushed forward. I guess we’ll only know for sure when the time comes.