Defective Key Component Found in Apple Watch

One of the first customers to buy an Apple Watch at its debut at the Maxfield boutique store shows it to the media in West Hollywood, California, USA, 24 April 2015. Only five stores worldwide provided the new Apple product to take home and Maxfield was the only store in the US carrying the watch. (PHOTO CREDIT: EPA/Michael Nelson)
One of the first customers to buy an Apple Watch at its debut at the Maxfield boutique store shows it to the media in West Hollywood, California, USA, 24 April 2015. Only five stores worldwide provided the new Apple product to take home and Maxfield was the only store in the US carrying the watch. (PHOTO CREDIT: EPA/Michael Nelson)

A defective key component of the Apple Watch prompted Apple to limit availability of the watch, the WSJ.com reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The part, made by one of two key suppliers, involved the Watch’s taptic engine. That’s the part that jolts the user’s wrist, say when he or she has been sitting too long, or another notification comes in.

Apple relies on haptic feedback or touch in lieu of noisy rings to provide users with notifications that are less intrusive.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some taptic engines supplied by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc., of Shenzhen, China, started to break down over time. That prompted Apple to scrap some finished watches.

The report offers one possible explanation why some people must wait until the summer to get the watches they ordered, even though Apple began shipping the high tech timepieces on April 24.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Ed Baig

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