Pebble Smartwatch Begins to Ship but Faces Delays and Other Issues
The much anticipated Pebble smartwatch which was at CES earlier in the month has entered mass production and shipped recently. The company has now begun notifying some early backers that their order is on its way but the vast majority will have to end up waiting a little while longer. The device seems to have been hit by supply issues that have somewhat slowed its rollout and after the first batch is said to include just 500 units. As a result of the device being delayed, the Pebble app for iOS is also delayed.
For those of you who don’t know much about it, Pebble was a Kickstarter sensation back in April 2012, attracting almost 69,000 backers and amassing more than $10 million in funding, making it the biggest Kickstarter project to date. It isn’t a surprise to see a long wait for the device to start shipping since it’s quite the order to fill.
Those of you who ordered a Pebble and didn’t get your order in early however may be in for a longer wait than expected. The company also warned that there are “still some kinks and issues that we need to work out.” News has it that Pebble is also having trouble getting its iOS app approved by Apple. The app has been submitted more than two weeks ago, and Pebble was hoping to have it in the App Store before the device started shipping but it is still yet to gain approval. This means when backers with iOS devices receive their Pebble, all they’ll be able to do with it is control notifications and music, they won’t be able to upgrade their smartwatch or install new faces at the moment. Those of you who have ordered a Pebble but use an Android device are fortunate as the app is still on track to hit Google Play soon.
Pebble promises that it will be shipping more units “soon” and is also sending out address confirmations to its backers several days ahead of their actual shipment.
Have any of you ordered a Pebble smartwatch?
via The Next Web