Apple Watch delays due to faulty component: WSJ
Wrist-tapping element fails; alternate supplier struggles to ramp up production
Delays in supply of the Apple Watch are due to a faulty component, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
The "taptic" engine, responsible for allowing Watch users to "tap" one another on the wrist, started mass production in February, but some units supplied by China's AAC Technologies failed reliability testing, the WSJ reported, citing unnamed insiders.
AAC is one of two suppliers making taptic units. Apple has reportedly now switched to sourcing all taptics from Japan's Nidec Corp, but that company is facing difficulties in ramping up production rates.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has insisted that demand exceeds supply for the Watch, but several media outlets reported last week that Apple's weekend launch of the Watch was low-key because Cupertino feared that queues would be shorter than is traditional for its devices.