The next Apple Watch is experiencing manufacturing issues that could cause the product to be released later than expected, according to separate reports from Nikkei and Bloomberg. The potential delay is reportedly due to complexity in the smartwatch’s new design, which is said to feature flat sides and larger screens.
Sources told Nikkei that small-scale production for the next Apple Watch had begun, but that it “met critical challenges in achieving satisfactory production performance.” Bloomberg similar details reported. Production has now been “temporarily halted” as Apple and its suppliers work to resolve manufacturing issues ahead of eventual mass production, Nikkei say.
The new Apple Watch, expected to be called the Apple Watch Series 7, will see its screen size increase to 41mm and 45mm (a 1mm bump over currently available options), a faster processor and “a flatter screen.” and edges”, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported in his Power On newsletter on Sunday. While Gurman reported that the Series 7 won’t bring any major health upgrades “until at least next year,” Nikkei reports that the new Watch will add new features “such as blood pressure measurement”.
Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 at an event last September, and the company is expected to host another product event in September this year. Given these reported production challenges with the next Apple Watch, there’s a possibility that the Apple Watch won’t make an appearance if Apple hosts an event in September.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.