Apple Watch: Over 70% of units have defects, says report

Apple’s supply chain is struggling to nail down efficient production of the Apple Watch, a new report claims.

According to Ctimes (via GforGames), one of the companies manufacturing the Apple Watch is currently experiencing a defect-free rate of below 30 per cent.

The company is question is called Quanta, a Taiwanese firm that has reportedly borrowed 3,000 workers from Foxconn to help out with production of the initial Apple Watch run.

While it’s not actually clear what actually counts as a defect, we can assume it’s anything that would stop a unit from being considered as good enough for retail.

This could range from serious component issues to something minor like a scratch or scuff.

Whatever the case, a 30 per cent defect-free rate is very bad, and is likely a major cause for concern with the device launch now just one month away.

It’s worth noting that neither Quanta nor Apple have made official comment on these rumours.

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If they are true, however, then Apple will need to kick its supply chain up a gear, as recent reports put the company’s launch order at around 3 million units.

Apple showed off the Apple Watch late last year, but officially unveiled the device on March 9.

The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order on April 10, with the fledgling wearable set to be made available for direct purchase on April 24.