The Apple Watch Series 7 is largely expected to arrive alongside the iPhone 13 in September. However, there is a chance that either it might not launch in time, or supply could be extremely constrained, at least at the start. This is according to separate reports from Nikkei and Bloomberg, both of whom are claiming that production has been delayed.
According to the reports, small scale production of the Apple Watch had already started, but apparently due to “critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance”, production is said to have been temporarily halted. Apple is said to be working with their suppliers to get to the bottom of the issue before resuming production again.
It is unclear what could be wrong with the production. For the most part the Series 7 is expected to be similar to its predecessor internally. While there will be an upgraded chipset, there are no new sensors and most of the changes will be externally in its design, so perhaps the new design is giving Apple and their manufacturing partners a problem.
In any case, only time will tell if this snag will result in the Apple Watch Series 7 being announced at a later date, or if it will still be announced but will launch later with limited supply at the start.