One possible reason the Apple Watch is in such short supply is supply chain issues. The Wall Street Journal says that one of Apple’s taptic engine suppliers in China produced faulty units, which Apple was then unable to use in the Apple Watch. “Those produced by a second supplier in Japan did not have the same issue”, reports MacRumors, and taptic unit production being low meant not as many Apple Watch units were able to be sold.
A transcript of Tim Cook’s words on the conference call following yesterday’s financial results is over at Six Colors. The interesting stuff comes from the questions that were asked by analysts: Cook spoke about Apple Watch supply and demand, separating the two issues for clarity. Cook also said that the iPad was not quite dead, and that there was cannibalisation of iPad sales, both from the Mac and iPhone side of the business. (Also worth checking out is the companion post that details how Jason Snell transcribed Cook in nearly real-time, thanks to Audio Hijack’s time-shifting audio technology.)
Apple just announced their financial results for Q2 2015, so we’ll get the big numbers out of the way first. The company posted revenue of $58 billion, with profits of $13.6 billion. They sold over 61.1 million iPhones, 12.6 million iPads, and 4.5 million Macs, with 69% of revenue coming from international sources. Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a pretty standard response, saying they’re all thrilled “by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store”.
Like day following night, and night following day, iFixit has posted up their tear down of the Apple Watch. Taking a look at the insides of the Apple Watch Sport with bright blue Sport Band, they pry their way inside the near-impenetrable exterior aluminium casing. In doing so, it’s revealed that you can forget about upgrading the Apple Watch by swapping out the internals at a later date, thanks to how well it’s all packed in there. Notably, they reveal that the heart rate monitor used on the Apple Watch looks and acts like a pulse oximeter, a device used to measure blood oxygen levels. However, that’s not something Apple advertise as the Apple Watch as being capable of doing. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
Happy Apple Watch day, guys and girls. It feel like it’s been a long time coming, but it hasn’t been that long at all. Apple started off by hinting at entirely new product categories as early as Q1 2014, only to show us the Apple Watch in September that year. While today’s public release definitely marks the longest between announcement and release of any Apple product (ever?), it’s here. So is the news, which as you can imagine, is all Apple Watch, all the time. See what I did there?
I, for one, welcome our new wrist-adorning timekeeping overlords. Before we get into some of the best apps for your new shiny, you might want to catch the latest Apple Watch Guided Tours from Apple. Apple Pay isn’t all that applicable to those outside of the US (and indeed, doesn’t even show up on the Australian version of the Guided Tours page), but I know a few people will be wanting to know how the Activity tracking and Workout apps work on the Apple Watch. Otherwise, there’s also the Apple Watch User Guide.
Twas the night before the Apple Watch was due to be released, and all through the internet, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Actually, that’s not quite true — Twitter just exploded with people getting shipping notifications. But there’s plenty of time for that later, time for some news…
As it turns out, you can scratch the Ion-X glass display on the Apple Watch Sport. But saying that is like saying you can bend the iPhone 6 Plus, or that McDonalds is a restaurant; the former can, with enough force, and the latter technically is, but no-one refers to them as that. A scratch test with a key, a knife, steel wool, and sandpaper shows that the glass display of the Apple Watch Sport isn’t impervious to everything, much like the iPhone in your pocket.
At Daring Fireball, John Gruber touches on the topic of custom watch faces for the Apple Watch. It seems kind of an omission for Apple to leave out custom watch faces for the initial release for the Watch, but I can totally see them throwing it into the too hard basket for 1.0 and leaving it until later this year. Which means it sucks for us wanting a little extra personalisation beyond umpteen different hardware combinations, but once upon a time, there weren’t any apps for the iPhone, either.
A new support article from Apple tells us how the heart rate monitoring works on the Apple Watch. For starters, there’s actually two sets of heart rate sensors on the rear of the Apple Watch: an infrared set that measures your heart rate once every ten minutes, and a more accurate set of green LEDs that flash rapidly to determine your heart rate. If you’re not getting accurate heart rate measurements from your Apple Watch, the support article also mentions tightening that strap for a better fit.
Apple’s Jony Ive has revealed the Apple Watch at the Milan Design Week, along with an exclusive collection of colours for the Sport band. The new colours are cool and all, but overall I’m not sure how I feel about Apple offering exclusive designs and colours to the rich and famous, especially if they can’t be purchased by those with deep enough pockets.