The China Times: iWatch goes into production with space-saving SiPs

The China Times: iWatch goes into production with space-saving SiPsWe’ve been talking about the Apple iWatch for – what? – well over a year at this stage, but it sounds like we’re finally nearing the official launch.

From out of China, we’re told that the Apple iWatch has gone into production, albeit in small quantities for now, with the launch still vaguely scheduled for the second half of 2014. Hey, that’s only a few months from now. Maybe.

That’s the story according to The China Times, with a presumably accurate translation by G 4 Games.

We’re told that the Apple iWatch will adopt SiPs, or system-in package modules, instead of traditional PCBs – that’s printed circuit boards.

The upshot is that the internal hardware of the Apple iWatch will consume less space, though since several components are housed in one SiP module, one faulty component – like a bad apple – can spoil the whole bunch, which means lower production yields.

Incidentally, don’t be surprised when we’re inevitably told, in a few months’ time, that production yields of the Apple iWatch are incredibly low, and that it’ll resultantly be impossible to come by at first. I’m yawning already in anticipation.

Purported iOS 8 screenshots recently revealed something called Healthbook, with the Apple iWatch tipped to be very much focused on health and fitness. Incidentally, on that note, there are rumours that Nike will be heavily involved, too.

We’re likely to meet the Apple iWatch at WWDC 2014 at the earliest, which goes down from June 2 to June 6.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 30, 2014 at 22:33

I thought the healthbook shots were a proven hoax?

babylon  May. 1, 2014 at 10:04

Apple iWatch tipped to be very much focused on health and fitness

Didn't the Galaxy Gear focus on Health and Fitness, Arr right, So no one can take inspiration from Apple without being dragged through courts, But totally acceptable the other way.
I think it's hard to argue that when it comes to the hardware and what people want, Apple have been totally left behind, They are very much playing catch-up at the moment.

JanSt / MOD  May. 1, 2014 at 10:43

Apple iWatch tipped to be very much focused on health and fitness

Didn't the Galaxy Gear focus on Health and Fitness, Arr right, So no one can take inspiration from Apple without being dragged through courts, But totally acceptable the other way.
I think it's hard to argue that when it comes to the hardware and what people want, Apple have been totally left behind, They are very much playing catch-up at the moment.


Hahaha Oldie but goldie, eh? What are they playing catch-up with? The 50 smartwatches sold thus far? All those 'way ahead' companies rushed their products to beat Apple. Apple lean back and analyse the cr*p out of their cr*p... Who's the winner?

Stelph  May. 1, 2014 at 14:52

Apple iWatch tipped to be very much focused on health and fitness

Didn't the Galaxy Gear focus on Health and Fitness, Arr right, So no one can take inspiration from Apple without being dragged through courts, But totally acceptable the other way.
I think it's hard to argue that when it comes to the hardware and what people want, Apple have been totally left behind, They are very much playing catch-up at the moment.


Erm, youve read the reviews of the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatches and how utterly useless they are for health and fitness right? If not check this out

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2014/04/pinnacle-samsungs-activity.html

Credit where credit's due, I agree samsung is good at pushing innovation and the hardware, but they appear to be utterly useless at implementation, be it the smartwatch fitness tracker that doesnt track fitness properly or the fingerprint scanner that is easily hacked and is more of a securty risk than the same hack with an iPhone (bet samsung wish they had copied apple there), etc

It shouldn't be too difficult for Apple to catch up and blaze past samsungs in the wearable tech sector, they just have to produce a product that actually works

babylon  May. 1, 2014 at 15:23

[quoteAll those 'way ahead' companies rushed their products to beat Apple. Apple lean back and analyse the cr*p out of their cr*p... Who's the winner?[/quote]

Typical, Cos no one thought of the Tad before Apple, No one thought of MP3 players before Apple, And you just summed it up.
Apple do it, And you call it "Analysing" , Anyone else dose it, And you call it copying, Tad hypocritical don't you think.

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