Apple Might Rope In a New Partner for Smartwatch Successor

November 21, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple Watch 2 is widely being speculated for a release during the second quarter of 2016. And if the new rumors turn true, it will be dispatched to the Apple outlets from the house of two separate manufacturers.

As reported by DigiTimes, Apple is currently seeking an additional partner on board for manufacturing its Apple Watch successor.

The scenario won’t be similar to that of Google’s Nexus device, where it had two distinct devices handed out from LG and Huawei. Apple Watch 2 will be coming out only in one single form, the manufacture of which will be outsourced not to a single partner, but two.



One partner that’s currently onboard is Quanta, the very firm that has been the sole manufacturer of first Apple Watch. Speculations suggest that the second could be one among Inventec, Wistron, or Foxconn.

Foxconn has also got the reputation of having served as Apple’s initial partner. The Cupertino-based company is reportedly in talks with these firms currently.

The reason for this move is still unclear, though. Chances are that it could be for keeping up with the huge number of orders they are expecting for Apple Watch 2.

Going by the figures, the first iteration of the smartwatch was a big success. The massive release is also currently believed to be a factor that caused the largest dip for Swiss watch exports in six years.

But for Apple, those were never on par with the expectations. Apple Watch was expected to hit 6 million in sales during the previous quarter, but unofficial figures point out that it has just pecked the 4-million mark.

As for the spec rumors, Apple Watch will be bringing some major hardware additions including a front facing cam and a wireless chipset. It will also have an improved processor, but the watch design barely appears to get altered.

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