Apple Watch Rumors: Mass Production to Begin in January?

Dec 12, 2014 06:30 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

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A rumor out of Taiwan claims that Apple and Quanta Computer are preparing to start mass production of the Apple Watch this January. The partners will manufacture a total of 24 million units during the first year.

Quanta is supposedly increasing its production line workers from 3,000 to 10,000 during the second of 2014, according to a report by G for Games, citing United Daily News. The number of workers will likely increase in 2015 to 30,000 to 40,000 people, the report claims.

The report is questionable at best since it also mentioned that the "iPhone 6s," which the publication said would be debuting sometime in early spring, now claims has been delayed at least a few months.

A spring launch for another new iPhone would be pretty odd, since Apple usually sticks with a September launch window for new devices on an annual cycle for the past couple of years.

United Daily News also claims that Apple and Quanta are looking to send out somewhere between 3 million and 5 million Apple Watch devices at launch.

Apple has only given an estimated launch window of "early 2015" so far for the Apple Watch, since it seems like the company is still trying to figure out final specifications, like battery life.

During his interview at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference in October, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said he believes Apple Watch users will have to charge the device daily since they will be using it so much.

The cost of the device is also up in the air. Apple has only confirmed so far that the Watch-Sport option will be available for an entry fee of $350. The first-generation hardware will require a connection to an iPhone, which could turn some users away from purchasing one.

Developers can create their own Apple Watch apps already however through the WatchKit development tools option. The option was made available by Apple with the release of iOS 8.2 beta.Ap

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