When Apple first announced their Apple Watch at the September 9 event, along with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Pay, they did not give an exact date of its release, only that it would show up in early 2015. Apple said that "the wait would be worth it", but now Apple Watch enthusiasts might have to do less waiting to purchase Apple's first smartwatch.
According to Yahoo Tech, the Apple Watch could start mass production as early as next month following the resolution of problems with key components. The problems with the components were hinted by October Rosenblatt Securities analyst Brian Blair, according to GSM Arena. These problems prompted rumors that the Apple Watch might roll out either late or in limited numbers.
G for Games reports that there have been some successful yields for the watch's display and processor, and they are citing Taiwan's United Daily News. If these rumors are true, then the Apple Watch is back on track and ready for the mass production phase. Considering that there was a rumor that the Apple Watch would be out by February of 2015, it looks like this could actually happen.
GSM Arena has stated that they have data from Quanta, a company in charge of assembling new smartwatches, has quintupled its employee count from 2,000 to 10,000. They also state that "combined with similar actions undertaken by other hardware vendors supplying crucial Apple Watch components should allow Apple to meet the February launch date with 3 to 5 million units on the first shipment". Apple is anticipating 24 million units sold, so it should be ready for the shipping date, whenever it will be in 2015.
There have been a lot of anticipation as to when in 2015 the Apple Watch will be released. According to CNET, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts, sent company employees a video message saying: "We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring." So it looks like the springtime is the set date and not February.
In addition to the rumors of the Apple Watch, GSM Arena took time to bring news on the iPhone 6S, the newest iteration of the Apple smartphone. Some rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6S could have a Spring release instead of the traditional Fall, but they deny that Apple would simply not have the time to make all the necessary A9 chips for a Spring 2015 release date.