With seemingly every new iDevice, we’re told that – shock horror – production yields are terrible, and that the iDevice in question will resultantly be nigh on impossible to find at launch. That was the case with the iPhone 5s (fingerprint scanner) and iPad mini 2 (Retina display).
Continuing that tradition, we’re told that production yields of the Apple iWatch are particularly terrible, coming in at less than 50%.
That’s the story according to, er, DigiTimes, so we’ll forgive you for immediately reaching for your cynicism pipes.
The usual “sources from the upstream supply chain” are saying that more than half of iWatch attempts are going in the bin, thanks to “difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded (MIM) chassis”.
The MIM process, we’re told, allows components to come in fancy shapes, while maintaining their rigidity.
Similarly, Qualcomm's Toq is said to be encountering low yield problems, again coming in at less than half.
Ultimately, suppliers are having trouble meeting the lofty demand for both quality and quantity.
On a lighter note, DigiTimes adds that Sony, Samsung, Pebble, Casio, Nike, Adidas, Epson and LG are all tipped to launch smartwatches in 2014.
Smartwatches are supposedly the Next Big Thing, with annual shipments expected to hit a whopping 373 million come space year 2020AD.