The picture is beginning to get clearer surrounding the Apple Watch, which is officially set to be released early next year. According to a new report by the Chinese-language website AppleDaily, the Apple Watch will enter mass production in January 2015 with Taiwan-based Quanta Computer as the only supplier of the smartwatch.
It was reported earlier in the summer that Foxconn would be adding a record-breaking 100,000 employees and 10,000 robots to its assembly line for the purpose of iPhone 6 production, and a new report claims that the Apple manufacturing partner is set to go on another massive recruiting blitz to keep up with high demand for the new smartphones.
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The European Commission on Tuesday announced that it has reached the “preliminary view” that a corporate tax deal granted to Apple in Ireland constitutes illegal state aid. Meanwhile, Apple continues to stress that it does not receive selective tax treatment in Ireland and is subject to the same tax laws as countless other international companies doing business in the country.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent related to a glasses-free interactive holographic display device that utilizes laser beams, micro lenses and sensors to show holographic images of objects. The futuristic sounding invention has a two-dimensional panel that is capable of supporting touch screen technology.
Samsung is reportedly gearing up to provide Apple with 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch panels for the upcoming iPad Air 2 and so-called “iPad Pro” respectively. According to Taiwanese blog DigiTimes, citing a Korea-based news source, Samsung will begin manufacturing the panels in the coming months ahead of making shipments before the end of 2014.
The Apple Watch has made its first public appearance on Tuesday at the Colette fashion boutique shop during Paris Fashion Week, as part of an exclusive one-day preview of the smartwatch. According to multiple reports, the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition have been on display since 11:00 AM local time in Paris.
Following the news that Apple has gained regulatory approval on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, the Cupertino-based company announced on Tuesday that the two smartphones will launch in the world’s most populous country on Friday, October 17. Apple will begin accepting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders in China on Friday, October 10.