Apple's iWatch facing manufacturing 'bumps'

If you’ve patiently been waiting for more information or an announcement from Apple regarding the mythical iWatch, the wait just got a little longer for you. According to a new report, the smartwatch from Apple seems to have run into a spot of trouble regarding its technology.

According to Jessica Lessin of The Information, these “bumps” could well turn out to be setbacks for the Cupertino-based company’s venture into the space of wearables. Obviously, when a new product is being developed, snags and bumps are a given, but this situation seems to be far more complex than this.


How much longer will this take? (Image credit: Antonio De Rosa)


Leading the string of problems is the fact that Apple has not been able to zero down upon the screen technology that will be used for the iWatch. The venture seems to have run into battery issues, so a new screen technology is being considered for the iWatch.

Apple also reportedly "halted advanced prototyping of some unknown pieces with one manufacturer late last year". The report, however, mentions that it is a normal practice for Apple to shift manufacturers, so this may not amount to anything, but the issue persists. A bigger setback could apparently result from the fact that Bryan James, who formerly lead iPod’s software effort and was working on the iWatch has gone on to join Nest Labs. The latter company has been set up by former Apple employee Matt Rogers, who is also reportedly building a watch-like device.

How hard these bumps will affect Apple’s efforts to stay on track with releasing its iWatch is hard to say. Information about Apple’s so-called smartwatch has been hard to come by in the past year and has been sketchy at best. We’ve seen nothing concrete hinting at the iWatch coming anytime soon, or even coming at all. However, with wearables being the buzz word for the year, we’re hoping Apple jumps on to the bandwagon sometime this year.

Published Date: Jan 08, 2014 05:23 pm | Updated Date: Jan 08, 2014 05:23 pm