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Apple Watch production delayed as engineers wrestle with quality issues

Radical new design and COVID-19 disruptions threaten shipment timetable

A customer browses Apple watches at the new Apple Store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Production of the upcoming Apple Watch has been delayed in large part due to the complicated designs of the new smartwatch, Nikkei Asia has learned.

Manufacturers of Apple Watch 7, as the device is expected to be called, began small-scale production last week but encountered critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance, multiple people familiar with the situation said.

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