Apple has one disadvantage when it comes to new products or features, getting them to scale. For a normal company, projecting one or two million sales is easy to do, but when your Apple it could be anywhere between 20 million and 50 million sales in a quarter.
The iWatch looks to be the next big innovation from Apple and the company is having problems on the production end, with 50 percent yield rates not offering a lot of promise for the company’s first smartwatch.
Apple is not the only ones having problems with yield rate, Qualcomm Toq is having the same troubles in the production, even though this smartwatch is already revealed and available to purchase.
Unlike the Qualcomm Toq, Apple wants to make sure the iWatch can match the scale and quality they are looking for and this is something Cupertino has been aggressively pushing in the past few years, making sure their engineering and manufacturing is the best in the industry.
Apart from the rumor about Jony Ive’s 100 man team working on the iWatch and Apple effort to try and port iOS onto the smartwatch without any battery life problems, the reports and leaks have been minimal regarding the next piece of tech from Cupertino.
Most are looking now for Apple to set the trend, considering the iPhone and iPad opened up the smartphone and tablet market, respectively. The Pebble smartwatch is currently the copy tool for most big companies, but Apple may have something different up their sleeve.
The iWatch delay could be terrible for Apple, since CEO Tim Cook already said 2014 will be a big year for innovation. The iWatch should be the highlight for the company in 2014 and the reason investors and the public start believing in Apple’s dominance once again.
If the smartwatch is delayed or fails to get big sales, it may mean a huge hit for Apple in terms of profit and user engagement.