Quanta Computer has reportedly landed orders for Apple’s rumored large-size iPad for mass production in the second half of 2014, while Inventec, Quanta and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) are currently competing over Apple’s iWatch orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Apple’s large-size 12.9 inch iPad will mainly target the education and enterprise markets.
As for the iWatch, component makers have already started the pilot production, but because of low yields, mass production is rumored to have been postponed from the first quarter of 2014 to the second.
The “iWatch” is rumored to carry a wide array of biometric sensors, making the device focused on fitness and health.
TechRadar indicates Apple may be going for a fully flexible plastic OLED screen (1.3 to 1.5 inches).
The wearable watch market could be the next big tech battleground as perennial Apple nemesis Samsung has already released its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Other smartwatches have made their way into the limelight in recent months too: there’s the original Kickstarted Pebble and the Sony Smartwatch 2 to contend with, not to mention a host of new gadgets from unlikely sources like Adidas, Qualcomm and Garmin.
Other tech heavyweights are rumoured to be getting in on the timekeeping game too; the Apple watch may have to fight off competition from Google, which filed a smart watch patent last year and was ‘confirmed’ to be working on a timepiece by the good folk over at the Financial Times.
The Google Gem smartwatch is rumored for December 2013
Also leaping aboard the largely-imaginary bandwagon is LG.
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