The Apple Watch 2 will go into trial production this week, with the tech giant's Taiwanese manufacturing partner Quanta charged with assembling the sequel to last year’s smartwatch.
According to Taiwan’s Commercial Times, Quanta will begin manufacturing the device over the next few weeks.
Quanta made the original Apple Watch, although previous reports have suggested that long-term partner Foxconn may also be working on the follow-up.
The news fits neatly with other rumours pointing towards a March launch for the Apple Watch 2.
Word is that Apple will host an event to show off its latest wearable alongside its new budget smartphone, the much rumoured iPhone 6c.
Quanta’s CEO claimed last year that the Apple Watch 2 would be on shelves in the second quarter of 2016, giving Apple time to offer the device on pre–order after its March event.
The Apple Watch 2 is thought to be thinner, with a faster processor and greater independence from the iPhone.
Watch os2, the latest version of the operating system developed specifically for the Apple Watch that was released last year, is also likely to receive a further update when the device is revealed.
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