There have been many reports during the last period talking about possible delays regarding the launch of the Apple Watch Series 7 due to problems regarding the supply of components used in the mass production process, but a source close to Apple, Ming-Chi Kuo, stated that these problems have been almost resolved and it is expected that the watch will enter Smart next stage of actual production beginning in the middle of the current month.
Kuo said that Apple has resolved production issues that threatened to hamper the worldwide availability of the Series 7, adding that limited quantities of the watch are expected to begin shipping later this month.
It is worth noting that the reason for all this delay is complications related to the new design and modern technologies that we are expected to see for the first time, especially those related to the OLED display of the smart watch.
Kuo says that Apple intends to start a production line for the G6 OLED display, which will improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce screen cost. In addition, this screen features a new design that enhances the level of durability and strength.
The same source stated that the main problem is limited to the main suppliers and not to the companies that do assemblers such as Luxshare, which is expected to take care of the production of approximately 70% of the Apple Watch Series 7 units.
Those produced watches will be ready just before those Foxconn shipments, and those minor problems disrupted Apple's planned phase of mass production for nearly two weeks.
But at the same time, Kuo confirmed all the previous rumors and reports about the Apple Watch Series 7 design, and added that the new generation of the smartwatch will come with flat and narrow bezels at the same time in order to ensure the largest possible screen-to-body ratio.
The watch is also expected to drop the 40mm and 44mm sizes and instead come with the 41mm and 45mm versions, which certainly means a slight increase in screen size.
It is expected that 14 to 16 million units of the Apple Watch Series 7 will be produced by the end of this year, with the total number of smartwatch units produced across all models rising to 45 million units.
What about the Apple Watch Series 8? It is expected that Apple will choose Luxshare in order to participate in the process of supplying the screen for the smartwatch that will be released in 2022, with the participation of Jabil as well.
Apple will unveil the Series 7 along with iPhone 13 at the event on the 14th of September.