Apple Watch taptic engine fault slows down roll-out process

The Apple Watch taptic engine fault is to blame for the slow roll-out of the highly anticipated wearable, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Relying on information from “people familiar with the matter”, the report claims that the faulty component, made by one of the two Apple suppliers,  has triggered limited availability for the Apple Watch.

The Taptic Engine inside the Apple Watch was developed in order to simulate a tap on the wrist, and, according to the report, during initial testing phases in February, the component supplied by Shenzen-based AAC Technologies Holdings Inc., started to break down over time.

However, because of the fact that there is no indication that any Apple Watches shipped out were utilizing the faulty component, Apple is not planning to recall units that are already out there. Same sources claim that Apple has moved most of the component production to Nidec, which now needs to ramp up its production capacity.

The Taptic Engine inside the Apple Watch not only notifies users of activities (in a manner different than simple ringing or buzzing vibrations), but it is also responsible for one of the features Apple was very proud to announce: transmitting heartbeats.

You can read more on the topic at the source link below. Also, make sure not to miss our unboxing and initial setup video for the Apple Watch.

Source and image: The Wall Street Journal

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