A new report about Apple’s (AAPL) iWatch was circulated Monday and suggested the iPhone maker may lower the watch’s shipment by 50% following production screen challenges. Cupertino initially planned to manufacture anywhere between 2.5 and 3 million of the wearable per month, following its launch on April 24.
According to a translated copy of Taiwanese site Economic Daily News, Macrumors reported that the cutbacks have to do with manufacturing issues regarding AMOLED display panels Apple will apparently use for the watch’s screen.
“Plastic OLED panels use PET (polyethylene terephthalate) instead of a glass substrate, thus giving them flexibility and lightweight. The only problem however, is that manufacturing plastic OLEDs requires a different method of creating a vacuum between the OLED panel and the plastic substrate, other than the traditional water jet vacuum pumps. And because PETs are very sensitive to humidity it looks like manufacturing the [Apple]Watch’s display is a more complicated process than initially expected,” according to the report (via GforGames).
It’s unclear if the report is correct, as there is no confirmation from Apple.
Shares of Apple closed up 1.4% Monday.
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