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Apple’s iWatch could hit market in October - with a Singapore connection: Report

Taiwan’s Quanta Computer will start mass production of the rumoured smartwatch in July, with Singapore-based sensor-maker Heptagon among Apple’s suppliers, according to a Reuters report.

SINGAPORE: Apple’s much-rumoured iWatch could hit the markets as early as October, according to a Reuters report on Thursday (June 19), which stated that Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM) Quanta Computer will begin mass production of the device next month.

Citing a source familiar with the project, Reuters said the smartwatch will likely sport a "slightly rectangular" display measuring 2.5 inches diagonally. The source added the watch will have a touch-screen interface and be able to charge wirelessly. 

Apple is expecting to ship 50 million units within the first year of the smartwatch’s release, although the estimates may change, the source told Reuters. Quanta will be the main manufacturer, accounting for at least 70 per cent of final assembly, the source added, while South Korea's LG Display will be supply the screens, another source added.

Two other sources familiar with the matter said Singapore-based imaging and sensor maker Heptagon is on the list of suppliers for a sensor in the smartwatch that monitors a user’s pulse, Reuters reported.

SINGAPORE CONNECTION?

According to the company’s website, Heptagon was a spin-off from Helsinki University of Technology in 1993 and focuses mainly on imaging technology. It subsequently opened offices in San Jose, California in 2006, and expanded into Singapore in 2007 when it opened a manufacturing facility here. It also established Singapore as its Asian regional headquarters.

 In 2011, it transferred its corporate headquarters to Singapore and opened its second manufacturing facility here, the website stated.

Apple, Quanta and Heptagon declined to comment on the Reuters report. Heptagon has not yet responded to Channel NewsAsia's queries on the report. 

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