Production of the Apple (AAPL) iWatch is set for production in Taiwan in July — with its debut set for early October.
Reuters reports that mass production begins next month under Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc 2382.TW.
The production will be a boost to Quanta, given that its work for Apple till now has focused on laptops and iPods, product lines that are in decline. Quanta’s role though is likely to raise questions about what involvement Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, one of Apple’s biggest suppliers, will play in production.
The watch — though unnamed insiders have taken to calling it the iWatch — is Apple’s push into tech gadgets at a time consumer interest seems to be cooling on them.
The news agency states that people familiar with the operations said October would be the earliest the gadgets would be available.
Previously, news has leaked that the iWatch will have a series of sensors including a barometer, with others meant to satisfy outdoor enthusiasts and runners.
Sensors would track weather and even the users’ pulse, according to reports.
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