Apple Watch reportedly entering mass production in January amid ‘breakthroughs’ in yield issues

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Instead of the previously mentioned February timeframe, the Apple Watch will be entering mass production in January as Apple’s component suppliers have reportedly solved yield issues concerning vital components such as the display and processor, according to a new supply chain report published by Taiwan’s United Daily News [Google Translate] and relayed Thursday by GforGames.

As a result, the device might hit store shelves in time for Valentine’s Day, as originally suspected.

According to a recent rumor, Apple’s retail boss Angela Ahrendts told staffers that the highly anticipated wrist-worn gizmo will be launching in the spring.

The United Daily News report claims that Apple’s contract fabricator Quanta has already increased its number of workers from 2,000 to 10,000 in anticipation of the upcoming Apple Watch assembly work. The goal is to have 20,000 employees ready for mass production of the device.

It’s expected that the California firm will ship between three and five million Watches in the first wave, with a total of 24 million unites projected to ship throughout 2015.

[GforGames, United Daily News]