Apple Watch shipments are likely delayed by bad Taptic feedback parts from China
The Wall Street Journal may know why your Apple Watch is shipping late. Their sources claim that some Taptic Engines (the haptic feedback unit that vibrates your wrist) broke down in early testing, prompting Cupertino to switch suppliers and create a massive-but-necessary logistical headache.
Reports are showing that Apple is pushing many orders to June because it expects to get back on track by then.
What is the Taptic Engine?
It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification, or press down on the display. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.
Taptic feedback works with Apple Pay
When you pay with Apple Watch, you will both hear and “feel” a confirmation. A “gentle tap” on the device can be sent to another Watch wearer, who will feel the touch on their wrist. Is this a reminder? A nag? Longing? Answer: this is an entirely new form of human-to-human communications. It’s no surprise that Apple Watch “taps” can be customized for different people and different interactions.
Taptic and Virtual Keyboards
Apple was awarded a patent for a haptic feedback system for use on multi-touch surfaces. The patent listed a “virtual keyboard” as an example of how this system might work.