Apple Watch Series 7 Production Delayed Due to Quality Issues

Apple is rumoured to make several design changes in its upcoming smartwatch.

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Apple Watch Series 7

Apple is rumoured to host an event on September 14. The company will unveil the iPhone 13 series at the September 14 Apple event. Rumours are rife that the iPhone 13 series will be accompanied by a couple of more products. One of the upcoming Apple products launching at the iPhone 13 launch event is the Apple Watch Series 7. As usual, Apple has not revealed any details nor has it confirmed the September 14 event date. While we wait for that, a new report claims that Apple has come across some manufacturing issues with the Apple Watch Series 7. 

The Nikkei Asia report states that the production has taken a hit due to the upcoming Apple Watch featuring a “complicated design.” The suppliers are said to have begun the production last week during which they encountered “critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance.”

The production quality is not as good as expected and is said to be attributed to the “complexity of design, which is significantly different from that of previous generations of the watch, and the assemblers found issues when putting together electronics modules, components and displays.”  Bloomberg, in its separate report, also said that Apple suppliers are experiencing issues with the Watch 7 production.

Apple is rumoured to make several design changes in its upcoming smartwatch. It has flat edges and a larger display. The company has had a similar approach for many of its recent devices, including the M1 iPad Pro and the iPhone 12 models. 

Following the constraints, suppliers have reportedly halted production temporarily. Another challenge is that the rumoured blood pressure measurement hardware needs to meet the requirements for water-resistance performance, further increasing the engineering and production challenges.

Apple Watch Series 7: Details leaked so far

CAD renders of the upcoming Apple Watch have leaked previously. It confirms that Apple will continue featuring the Digital Crown for navigation on the right edge, below which is a button to power on/ off the watch or selecting other options. The left side sees two rather large slits for speakers. 

The underside of the watch is a circular module housing the heart-rate sensor and other sensors. It further reveals that the 44mm model will measure 44x38x9mm while sporting a 1.8-inch display. In comparison, Series 6 44mm measured 44x38x10.7mm. 

The upcoming Apple Watch is also said to sport thinner bezels and come with improved health monitoring sensors. Apple is said to have tested the Series 7 with thinner borders and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover. It is also rumoured to be working on the ultra-wide-band tech for its upcoming Watch to feature the Find My Network. 

Other updates include a faster processor, improved wireless connectivity and improved battery life. The watch will launch in multiple colours, including Pastel Green and Blue colour options. It is also likely to come in Black and Silver colour options. What are your thoughts on the upcoming Apple Watch? Do let us know in the comments below.

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