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Faulty Taptic Engines may be behind the extremely limited availability of the Apple Watch, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the publication says that after mass production of the Engines began in February, quality testing found some of them to be unreliable.

The component, which Apple uses in its Watch to produce the sensation of being tapped on the wrist, is made by two suppliers: AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. and Nidec Corp. Apparently some of AAC’s Taptic Engines were found to break down overtime, so Apple has moved a majority of its production over to Nidec.

It’s not clear how much the Taptic Engine issues have contributed to the Apple Watch shortages, but The Journal says that Apple told some Watch suppliers last week to slow production until June, without explaining why. If true, the move would be questionable considering how far below Watch supply is from demand.

Apple has faced considerable criticism for the way it has handled the Apple Watch launch thus far. The company, once well known for its supply chain savvy and ability to rollout products quickly, has only shipped a small fraction of pre-orders thus far, and it’ll likely be June before retail stores get any real inventory.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Jailbrkr21

    Liverpool and Manchester, UK. Both stores told me about 4 days ago that they only expect to sell the watch in store in July or later.

    • taran

      So which team you follow..:D

      • Jailbrkr21

        Wigan Athletic

  • derp

    Should have used Samsung.

    • James G

      The one thing they’re good for…

      • Nick oakes

        iPhone 6 plus + Android Wear + Moto 360 = 🙂 No thank you on Apple’s watch.

      • @sexyhamthing

        Can you see your wrist around the 6+’s bezel,

        Phone is like a studio monitor

  • Dante Arellano

    Few more weeks of the shhity apple wacho and then we can move on

  • Eikast

    Apparently Black Straps for the SS 42 mm models affected the taptic feedback engine too :p

  • Lizmay

    Ah… the anti-Apple sheeple have arrived. Quality is worth waiting for. If you’re looking for fast food phones get a free Samsung by all means.

    • Hi

      Love ur comment.

  • Itzkhaoz

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Nidec is Japanese aac is Chinese.

    • Hi

      There you go