Apple Watch rollout slowed by a faulty component

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A faulty component in Apple’s new Watch is set to delay shipments.

The Wall Street Journalreported late Wednesday that a key component of the new device made by one of two suppliers was found to be defective, which has led Apple to limit the availability of the new smartwatch.

The defective part is the taptic engine, which was designed by Apple [fortune-stock symbol= »AAPL »] to produce the sensation of being tapped on the wrist, the Journal said. Testing has revealed that some taptic engines are breaking down over time. Apple doesn’t plan a recall because there’s no indication that Apple shipped any watches with the defective part to customers, the newspaper reported.
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Apple last week told some Watch suppliers to slow production until June, without explaining why, according to the Journal, which cited people familiar with Apple’s supply chain.

News of the component issue comes as early…

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