Early iWatch Production Facing Issues With Surface Finish Treatments?

Early iWatch Production Facing Issues With Surface Finish Treatments?

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Apple's iWatch is already becoming one of the most anticipated gadgets of 2014, as many rumors point to it being launched in the latter half of the year.

Today, DigiTimes (via MacRumors) claims that Apple's long awaited wearable is facing issues involving surface finish treatments for the device. Reportedly, Apple and Qualcomm are both searching for ways to improve the chassis of the device using metal injecting molding (MIM).

Several wearable devices such as Apple's iWatch and Qualcomm's Toq are reportedly seeing less than 50% yield rates due to difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded (MIM) chassis, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

The MIM process is often used in the mass production of high-precision products with complicated industrial designs as it allows components to feature special shapes, but still maintain rigidness.

MIM-made components used to be used inside products, but as the components are now becoming part of the external design, surface treatments have become an important process for the look of products.

Since clients have high demand over quality, and also need high volumes of supply, most component makers are having difficulties satisfying both of requirements.


MIM offers greater precision for molding shapes, and also has a higher strength, hardness, elasticity and corrosion resistance compared to typical metals. In addition to Apple, Sony, Samsung, Pebble, Casio, Nike, Adidas, Epson and LG are all gearing up to launch their own wearable device in 2014

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Early iWatch Production Facing Issues With Surface Finish Treatments?
Jedediah Johnson - January 4, 2014 at 3:59pm
You just made me piss my pants dude. Hilarious. That's sounds just like him.
Dubs - January 4, 2014 at 9:23am
Whilst wearing the watch I would still look at my phone to check the time.
Mukai - January 3, 2014 at 3:12pm
Just but the iPod nano 6th gen and a wrist band to attach the iPod and there's your iwatch
Nat - January 4, 2014 at 6:30am
You do realize there will be features unlike before the iWatch may get.
Zack soule - January 3, 2014 at 5:51am
Why they asking digitime and macrumors for help on the design they going to mess it up.
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