Apple Watch in Short Supply Due to Taptic Engine Bottlenecks

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Apple Watch has been available in extremely limited quantities since pre-orders for the device launched on April 10, and a new report from The Wall Street Journal sheds some light on why supplies have been low. A key component of the Apple Watch, the Taptic Engine, was made by two separate suppliers, and the devices created by one of Apple's suppliers were "found to be defective."
    Apple was unable to use the Taptic Engines from the supplier in Shenzhen, China, but those produced by a second supplier in Japan did not have the same issue. The majority of Taptic Engine production is now being done in Japan, but it will take some time for the factory to increase production, and with a single supplier, quantities of the taptic engine available for use in Apple Watch devices likely remains low.

    The Taptic Engine is a linear actuator, creating motion in a straight line by moving a small rod. It powers the haptic feedback capabilities of the Apple Watch, delivering the small taps that are felt on the wrist with notifications, pings from friends, heartbeats, and more. The Taptic Engine is a major part of the Apple Watch, working in conjunction with audio cues to deliver subtle alerts and notifications to Apple Watch wearers.

    To resolve some of the supply constraints on the Apple Watch, Apple is said to be planning to add Foxconn as a second assembler of the Apple Watch, alongside Quanta Computer. Foxconn may begin manufacturing the Apple Watch in late 2015 at the earliest, so according to The Wall Street Journal, it may take several months for Apple Watch supplies to improve significantly.

    Apple has repeatedly said that it's working to get Apple Watch orders as out as quickly as it can, and it has indeed been shipping orders out before their prospective delivery dates. Many customers who originally had 4 to 6 week shipping estimates have already begun receiving their devices.

    Apple Watch orders placed today offer shipping estimates ranging into June and beyond, but it's possible that many orders will reach consumers ahead of that time as Apple works to increase available supply.

    Article Link: Apple Watch in Short Supply Due to Taptic Engine Bottlenecks
  2. Locoboof macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2008
    Bay Area,Cali
    I knew something was going on. I really hope they rectify these issues soon.
  3. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    i wonder how many thousands of units were scrapped
  4. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Now will people stop crying about how Apple is screwing them over by waiting a little longer?

    doubt it
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I'm sure this is somehow Angela Ahrendts' fault. :rolleyes:
  6. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    Could explain why so many were having taptic issues with their watches...
  7. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    They deliberately told one of their suppliers to make defective parts to make it look like there was high demand. /s
  8. macsplusmacs macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    I felt a great disturbance in the Force Touch, as if millions of watch orders suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
  9. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    mine was produced last week. i hope it arrives without any of those flaws tomorrow
  10. ryansimmons323, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    ryansimmons323 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Gruber's initial review unit had a broken Taptic Engine -

  11. SMIDG3T Suspended


    Apr 29, 2012
    How do I found out when mine was produced. Do you have a link?
  12. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
  13. nylon macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2004
    This will inevitably result in more money for eBay scalpers.
  14. CooKieMoNs7eR macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2009
    What's the name of the tactic engine supplier in Japan ?
  15. destroyer2012 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2009
    Who's watches are shipping?

    All I really want to know is who the latest group of people receiving their watches are.

    I ordered mine at 6am (MT)... had to wait until morning because I was waiting for a pay check.. little did I know that apple doesn't charge your account until shipment.. Had one in the cart at 1:01am....... uh

    Anyways, order confirmation April 10, 6:20am. SS 42mm BSB

    Where are people with that watch in order line? Anyone that ordered after the first hour have any status updates, or is apple still shipping out to people who ordered within the first few seconds....?
  16. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
  17. 2457282, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Please Tim and Angela, figure this out and get me a watch. And definetly before you get my wife's watch to her. I would never live that down.
  18. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I doubt they were scrapped entirely. However, they may have had to have been pulled so that replacement taptic engines could be put inside them.
  19. Pagemakers macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2008
    Manchester UK
    Doesn't make sense.

    I ordered 2 black sports within seconds or the launch. 4-6 week delivery.

    Yesterday I ordered a white sports. Out for delivery tomorrow!

    They both use the same Taptic engine!
  20. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
  21. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So this is breaking news on CNBC. Are you kidding me?!?
  22. macboyfan macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2015
    Little Rock, AR
    Good thing mine hasn't even been created yet. I'm glad now that the online Apple Store was down extra long for me. ;)
  23. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
  24. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    there u go

    just put in your serial number which should be shown on your device profile even if u havent gotten the watch yet.
  25. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010

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