Apple Watch yield issues reportedly solved; Mass production slated for January

Apple has reportedly remedied yield issues involved with the Apple Watch manufacturing process.

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Make no mistake about it, we don't actually know much about the Apple Watch. Sure, we know what the different models will look like, not to mention a few interesting use cases, but that's really about it. Meanwhile, important information, such as pricing across all models and a release date, remains unknown.

The rumor mill has suggested that the Apple is aiming to release its hotly anticipated wearable sometime this spring. This claim was recently bolstered by a report emanating out of Taiwan noting that Apple's manufacturing partner Quanta Computer finally solved a manufacturing issue that was keeping yields extremely low. Remember, Tim Cook and other Apple executives have publicly stated that the Apple Watch is by far the most complex and technologically advanced device they've ever designed. And with that, some growing pains in the form of production and engineering hurdles are inevitable.

With yield issues less a concern, Taiwan's United Daily News relays that mass production on the device is slated to begin in January. If true, a release date this coming spring is certainly achievable. The report further adds that Quanta is now trying to beef up its workforce.

GforGames reports:

Quanta (the company responsible for the assembly of the Watch) has already increased its number of workers from 2,000 to 10,000, while the current goals is set for 20,000 employees. Reportedly, the first wave of Watches to be shipped will be of 3-to-5 million units, while Apple expects a total of 24 million Watches to be shipped throughout 2015. By the sound of it Quanta has been hard at work to meet the quota and the company’s efforts will most likely allow the Apple Watch to hit the market on-schedule.

That's certainly encouraging news. While Apple would have preferred to launch the Apple Watch in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season, Apple executives have said time and time again that they're primarily concerned with getting the device working perfectly as opposed to releasing it early to cash in on the year's busiest shopping period. A smart move given the question marks that surround Apple's foray into a completely new product category, especially one that intersects with the world of fashion, a completely new arena for Apple.

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