I don't understand the supply constraints.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Seesh, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Seesh macrumors member

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    I completely agree... I heard excuses " they didn't know how many people would want it".. Bull S.....
     
  4. Seesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Seriously. It's not like the watches are made from unobtanium.

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    White knight alert.
     
  5. ninjadex macrumors 6502

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    I think you already know the answer to this. Supply vs. demand. Can't begin making a product until hardware is certified and software is finished. This isn't unique to Apple.
     
  6. Seesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Something is odd. Definitely not a supply vs. demand issue. There was zero supply out of the gate for some models. Namely the black leather loop.
     
  7. burnside macrumors 6502

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    It feels like Apple is weighing out which bands/combos are winners and which are losers then based on the answer they will make more of the winners.

    Side notee, I'm curious how many people who haven't worn a watch in the last 5-10 years are wearing one now because it's Apple.
     
  8. shox2k2 macrumors 6502

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    There has to be a problem somewhere. I'm sure all the prototypes are manufactured at Apple or as samples from the suppliers but ramping up full production on the assembly line is some work. The modern buckels aren't available in the larger size and they are no longer available to purchase as just a band. They are even out to July to order with the watch.

    Maybe a supplier wanted more $$ than Apple offered so they are shopping around?
     
  9. Seesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Last watch I wore was a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo, before that a SS Nautica. It was a while since I wore that before owning my first smartwatch however.

    Good question though as I'm sure a large percentage of Apple Watch owners probably did not wear any watch prior.
     
  10. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    Considering Apple can build millions of iPad covers in all colors and types, it would seem logical that watch bands aren't harder... yet the struggle continues.

    It would have made much more sense to sell the watch on its own with a free standard band and then have upgrade bands you can custom order/pickup in store rather than having every single order a custom order all together where that watch has to be pieced together for each person. Silicone watch bands can't cost Apple more than $0.50 cents to manufacture.

    Another possibility could have been to have when a person selects to purchase say a stainless steel milanese, that person gets 2 boxes, one box has the watch itself and the other has the band. This would make it so there wouldn't be an entire assembly line of people assembling watches to bands all day and instead could be focused on building more watch units while machines build the bands, box and sort them according to ordering. Production could have been twice as much as it is right now.

    People assemble their desktop computers when they buy them plugging in cords. They could easily be able to attach watch bands to a watch as part of the process when they get their watch.
     
  11. cwieberdink macrumors member

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    I like both of those options. I even had a dream that Tim Cook announced they were going to start doing the second option.
     
  12. adammull macrumors 6502a

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    Yes that makes perfect sense. I think every watch should come with a black sports band. Easy peasy. Then you can order an additional band of your choice for a fee.

    But this is a new wonderful magical beautiful fashion device. And rich women want their band NOW daddy. It has to be one of a kind in an ironic NOT one of kind way since Apple is going to sell millions of these. :rolleyes:
     
  13. armandxp macrumors 6502

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    It's this way every product launch. This one is just more 'personal'. LOL
     
  14. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    Interestingly we seem to be moving in the opposite direction these days... I feel like its 1998 and I want to purchase a dell computer. I call the sales person up "It will take 6 weeks to assemble the computer? What the heck"
     
  15. rick98761 macrumors 6502

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    Bands seem to be the hold up, not the unit. The fact that they don't have band supply ready is such a joke. For example, I'm waiting on a black sport band stainless. The band is most certainly the hold up. What harm could have come from producing a ton. Any idiot knows that band would sell quite a few units, and if you are backed up a few months on a 50 cent plastic band who cares? It's not like they wouldn't sell them in the near future.
     
  16. adammull macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. This whole watch choice thing is very un-Apple. They're supposed to make my choices for me.

    Your post made me laugh. I was looking at a Dell purchase for work recently and the options on the order page made my head spin. I don't see how the rest of the world uses PCs. :apple:
     
  17. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    By 'personal' you mean using a computer to order the product online rather than a face to face translation at a store supporting my local economy and what not.

    Maybe I could have the option of having my dollars converted to Euro's before the purchase so I can literally watch them going to the tax shelter in Ireland.
     
  18. adammull macrumors 6502a

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    Zing.
     

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