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 previously reported all the way back last November that Quanta could be the manufacturing partner responsible for producing the Apple Watch, but a few other reports that ensued claimed that InvenSense could also be in line to assist with the manufacturing. That no longer appears to be the case: it looks like InvenSense is officially out.
Quanta has reportedly been given the green light to begin producing the Apple Watch, and it is also claimed that the manufacturer has increased its workforce to some 4 million people to keep up with the demand. Apple and Quanta have reportedly reached an agreement that prohibits the Taiwanese manufacturer from assembling other smartwatches.
It is still possible that a second or third company could join Quanta at some point next year to assist with Apple Watch production.
While some rumors had suggested that mass production of the Apple Watch would begin in November, it makes much more sense for the manufacturing process to be delayed. Not only is the Apple Watch is a very technologically advanced project, but manufacturing the Apple Watch ahead of time could have led to a number of leaks ahead of release.
Apple Watch starts at $349 and will be available early next year in the United States and several other launch countries. The smartwatch must be paired with an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.[AppleDaily via MacRumors]