If you're still waiting for your Apple Watch order to arrive, the Wall Street Journal has someone for you to blame: Taptic Engine components manufactured by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. "started to break down over time," a manufacturing defect that "people familiar with the matter" say caused Apple to throw out some watches that had already been built.
Components from another supplier, Nidec Corp., haven't been faulty, but it will apparently take time for Nidec to ramp up production and catch up with demand. Neither AAC nor Nidec provided a comment for the Journal's story.
The Taptic Engine is a key part of the Apple Watch—it's what makes it vibrate when the watch wants your attention.
Se è vera la storia del WSJ, c'è stato un problema con uno dei suppliers...da qui l'importanza di avere più di un supplier, come infatti avevano. Meglio aspettare qualche settimana che avere un lancio in cui le partite fallate arrivano in massa sul mercato (non metterei la mano sul fuoco sul come si sarebbero comportate aziende un pelo più shady di apple nella stessa situazione...)...per un prodotto first gen (che comunque ha il delay di n mesi fra annuncio e disponibilità) non è così drammatico.. Parlando di first wave.
Per nazioni second wave mi pare ovvio che non ci sia mai stato nulla di garantito.
Now that the calendar has turned to May, it is likely that Apple has simply bumped forward its original June estimates for 42mm models to July to remain conservative. Many pre-orders with initial shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later have already been shipped or delivered, as Apple appears to be making up ground on most models.
The only two Apple Watches that remain virtually nowhere to be seen are the 38mm and 42mm Space Black with Link Bracelet models, both of which remain available to ship in 4-6 weeks or later for most customers. Earlier this week, it was reported that a Taptic Engine defect may have contributed to Apple Watch supply constraints, but the issue was caught before any units were shipped to customers and has since been resolved.
No thank you for the Apple MFI program! I’ll save some hard-earned cash by buying a great looking MFI-free product on Amazon. At $29.99, these watch bands will be so inexpensive that I won’t be able to help myself!
I will review that watch band product extremely highly and complain about Apple’s “tax”. And then, weeks later, the knockoff watch band will fail while I’m out fishing and my beloved watch will fall off my wrist and into the ocean, never to be seen again. After all, that inexpensive product is poorly manufactured with worn tooling, never tested, never warrantied, and never designed to last for more than a few weeks after its sale.
Then I’ll go to Apple and demand that they provide me with a new watch. They’ll smartly refuse, but I’ll blog and tweet about it and Samsung will start a “Band-gate” marketing campaign with videos of cool, sexy college-age kids moaning about Apple. (Actually, Samsung already started this campaign based this posting, I’m sure). But my earnings from blog ad referrals will allow me to buy another Apple Watch. Phew!
I’ll be sure to update my original Amazon review of that crapoid non-MFI watch band, but no one will pay attention since, now at $1.99, they’re so inexpensive that no one can help themselves despite the 2.5 stars.
Just like knock-off lightning cables and power adapters.