iWatch Allegedly at Engineering Verification Test Stage [Digitimes]


Apple is unlikely to unveil the iWatch (or whatever the name of its wearable device will be), supply chain sources tell Digitimes. The Taiwanese news agency’s sources contrast an earlier report from Re/code and Gruber’s joke about Apple unveiling its highly anticipated wearable at the September 9 event.

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Despite related components already entering into production, Apple’s iWatch is still unlikely to become available until 2015, as the device is still under engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and has to still go through production verification testing (PVT), according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

The sources pointed out that a product will need to first pass the PVT stage before entering to mass production, and between the EVT and PVT stages, Apple could still be change its design.

Actually, the Digitimes report echoes previous rumours claiming that Apple won’t be able to ship the iWatch until 2015. What the supply chain sources reveal is that the iWatch is currently undergoing Engineering Verification Testing (EVT). This phase will be followed by another called Production Verification Testing.

Apple has already placed orders for components, but the device will not enter mass production until it passes the PVT tests.

Fact is, the Digitimes report coincides with several reports from key players in Apple’s supply chain. For example, TSMC’s Q4 production is apparently fully booked – if we can expect a SoC manufactured by the Apple partner – and TPK, the company that will allegedly supply the touch modules for the iWatch, expects its production output to peak in the holiday quarter of this year.

Also, it is worth mentioning that Digitimes corroborates earlier reports of Apple suppliers starting the production of iWatch components in September. So can we expect Apple to introduce the iWatch in just seven days? Although the Digitimes report precludes that, we may see history repeating itself: you may recall that Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone in January, but didn’t start shipping till six months later, on June 29, 2007.


  • Tim

    They’re definitely releasing it. Why build a three story building on the site of the same complex the first mac was launched at just to introduce a few new iphones that everyone has seen already? As the article notes, the iphone and the ipad had delays after announcements. From a strategic point of view this is likely intended to prevent potential buyers of the category from going with some of the android wearables that are slated for announcement right away (moto 360, etc). With the health sensor integration, they’ve got a product that far exceeds the other guys and it’s time to let everyone know that so they don’t make a decision to buy another platform.

  • Kirk

    Okay, I’m just going to say it… That slogan in the “iWatch” ad above sucks… For the colorful? really? I’m good with Apple taking there time on this wearable device, Only makes it better.