Report: Apple expects to sell nearly 6 million units of Apple Watch in first 3 months
Apple has called out its Asian suppliers to manufacture a combined five to six million units of its three Apple Watch models for the first quarter ahead of the product’s April release, new report claims.
According to the Wall Street Journal report, citing people familiar with the matter, Cupertino has ordered its suppliers in Asia including Taiwan-based Quanta Computer, the sole assembler of the Apple Watch, to start the mass production of the device to meet initial demand.
The figure shows that Apple is expecting major demand for the device on launch, similar to what it expected with the original iPad launch.
As per the report, the entry-level Apple Watch Sport model would account for half of the production order; the mid-tiered Apple Watch will count for one-third of the orders, while the rest will go in favour of the top-end model of the watch, which sports a solid 18-karat gold construction.
Unfortunately, another piece of report from the Wall Street Journal claims that the Cupertino’s first generation Apple Watch would not pack as many as health features as rumored earlier.
The report notes that we may not see features such as blood pressure measurement, heart activity, and stress level measurement in Apple Watch for now all because of the complexity of the features as well as reliability issues.
“When Apple Inc. started developing its smartwatch, executives envisioned a state-of-the-art health-monitoring device that could measure blood pressure, heart activity and stress levels, among other things, according to people familiar with the matter. But none of those technologies made it into much-anticipated Apple Watch, due in April. Some didn’t work reliably,” the report read.
The Apple Watch is slated for a general launch in April, prices starting at $349.