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Quanta pegged as supplier for Apple Watch 'Series 3,' shipments allegedly start in holiday quarter

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With the rumor mill starting to churn in advance of Apple's expected September release event, a new report cites manufacturer Quanta as the manufacturer of the device — with shipments starting sometime before Christmas.

According to a new report from Chinese-language Economic Daily sourced from the supply chain, Apple's existing Apple Watch supplier Quanta is expected to continue production duties. While the new report sheds no additional light on the specifics of the device, it does note that the next version of the Apple Watch is in the final test phases before it heads to the production lines.

Rumors of a September launch for any Apple Watch "Series 3" started very recently, with initial claims suggesting that a redesign was happening, in conjunction with the addition of a LTE radio. Details still conflict depending on the source, with some reports claiming that there is a Qualcomm modem internally, and others saying Intel will provide the baseband.

As usual, Apple is expected to have a busy end of the year. The company is expected to host a media event headlined by the unveiling of its next-generation flagship "iPhone 8," along with an "iPhone 7s" series. If the predictions are accurate, the "Apple Watch Series 3" will launch around the same time, while other, previously announced products like HomePod and the iMac Pro are scheduled to arrive in December.