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Apple orders 5-6 million watches: WSJ

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has asked a Asian suppliers to make 5-6 million units of a 3 Apple Watch models for a first-quarter, a Wall Street Journal reported, citing people informed with a matter.

Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc (2382.TW), a solitary assembler of a Apple Watch, started mass prolongation progressing this year to get prepared for an Apr launch, a Journal said. (on.wsj.com/17MpwkR)

Thousands will work turn a time during a Chinese New Year holidays during Quanta’s bureau in Changshu, China, a journal reported, quoting one person.

Apple pronounced it does not criticism on gossip or speculation. The iPhone maker’s shares rose as most as 1.9 percent to a record $129.45 on a Nasdaq on Tuesday morning.

The entry-level Apple Watch Sport indication accounts for half a prolongation order, while a mid-tiered Apple Watch will count for a third, one chairman told a WSJ.

The high-end Apple Watch Edition with 18-karat bullion casing, is approaching to have comparatively tiny orders in a initial quarter, though Apple skeleton to furnish some-more than 1 million units per month in a second quarter, a Journal reported, citing a person.

The Apple Watch, starting during $349, can accept phone calls and messages, play music, offer as a digital wallet to compensate for products and guard heart rates around special sensors.

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr and Joyjeet Das)

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/17/us-apple-watch-orders-idUSKBN0LL18W20150217

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