iPad 2 Ship Dates Pushed Out to 5 Weeks

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Apple’s online ship time for the second generation iPad slipped out to four to five weeks on Tuesday, leaving customers waiting even longer to get ahold of the multimedia tablet. The iPad 2 went on sale on March 11, and appeared to have completely sold out in about 24 hours.

iPad 2: It's a long waitiPad 2 ship times: Five weeks

The iPad 2 was first available for online orders at 4AM eastern time on Friday, March 11, and within hours was already showing up to three week shipping delays. Customers lined up hundreds deep at stores for the 5PM launch, and many were turned away as inventories were depleted after only an hour or two.

Some Apple Store received small drop shipments of iPads on Saturday, but those sold out quickly, too.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new iPad 2 at a special media event earlier this month. The new models are available in black or white, sport a dual-core A5 processor, front and rear-facing digital cameras, a built-in gyroscope, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, a thinner body, and more.

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Lee Dronick

The 4-5 weeks is probably a conservative estimate, they will may ship sooner than that.

BurmaYank

The 4-5 weeks is probably a conservative estimate, they will may ship sooner than that.

IMO, this acute iPad 2 shortage, whether for 1 or 5+ weeks, will drive demand higher than would have been seen if they were plentiful enough to supply all demand immediately, not only because frustration usually increases desire as well as a tendency to over-acquire/hoard once the desire is realizable, but also because having an iPad 2 in one’s hand for the next month will become much more of a status-symbol than it would have been without the shortage.  (And that elevation of iPad 2’s status-value will remain attached to the device long after the shortage creatiing it has died.)

So, was this shortage purely innocent, or actually contrived by Apple marketing to break the sales record of MS Kinect?

mhikl

BurmaYank, I have for a while now suspected you were an anarchist. I like your reasoning.

I wonder what an iPad2 goes for on the black market. Some nut paid a girl 6 or 9 hundred dollars for her place in line for an iPad. (I get those squiggly digit confused sometimes.)

How much do you think Sir Harry could get for his new toy? (In the background there are two hands gleefully rubbing together, accompanied by a low “ha ha ha ha, now I can get the 64.”)

Lee Dronick

How much do you think Sir Harry could get for his new toy? (In the background there are two hands gleefully rubbing together, accompanied by a low ?ha ha ha ha, now I can get the 64.?)

They will get my iPad 2 when they pry my arithritic hands from it.

Is the iPad shortage real, contrived, or a combination of the two (will it blend?), only Apple knows. Trither way it has created buzz and you can’t buy publicity like that.

Sidebar - I am posting this from my iPad and I have found a problem with Mobile Safari when commenting here. If I select text to quote and then click on the Action Icon, the gear wheel, it deselects my text. I need to select and copy the text, chose quote and then paste.

Nemo

Apple’s Tim Cook may well be dealing with disruptions to the supply chains for iPad and other of Apple’s products that are caused by the disasters in Japan.  I think that the Mac Observer should investigate this.

joeboo

Been complaining all week because my Ipad just barely shipped. I ordered it 1240 am PT on morning of release. Seeing this I’m glad I’ll have one next week and am starting to think there are real shortage issues.

Lee Dronick

Apple?s Tim Cook may well be dealing with disruptions to the supply chains for iPad and other of Apple?s products that are caused by the disasters in Japan.? I think that the Mac Observer should investigate this.

I asked and just heard back from a friend in the shipping business. There is an embargo on most air freight in and out of Japan except for medical supplies and such going in. She didn’t answer regarding cargo ships. No word on how long the embargo will last.

Nemo

Sir Harry:  That means that if any part of the supply chain for any of Apple’s products is sourced in Japan, then Apple, as is true for a great many companies, is going to have problem supplying those products.  The question is which, if any, of Apple’s products are affected by the embargo on shipments in Japan and, more generally, by the disasters in Japan.

Lee Dronick

That means that if any part of the supply chain for any of Apple?s products is sourced in Japan, then Apple, as is true for a great many companies, is going to have problem supplying those products.? The question is which, if any, of Apple?s products are affected by the embargo on shipments in Japan and, more generally, by the disasters in Japan.

A couple of thoughts. Perhaps the iPad assembly plant in China has on hand several week or even a month of Japanese made components. If so then the 5 week estimate may be due to the number of iPads that can be assembled per day.

The other thing is that maybe the Japanese components are are going out by container ship from a port mostly unaffected by the disaster. It is about 850 miles from central Japan to Shanghai, a little over two days by ship.

Do any of us know if there are even Japanese made components in the iPad? Maybe iFixit does seeing as they disassembled one.

We do need to put this in perspective. We want iPads, but many Japanese are in survival mode. Yes, their economy has also been hurt, but there are other priorities.

MacFrogger

Then NAND flash memory comes from Toshiba, and many (all?) of the plants have shut down due to lack of electricity.

MacFrogger

Search “ipad + toshiba + earthquake” for many articles on this…

Lee Dronick

Thanks MacFrogger

We still don’t know the reason for the 5 week shipping date. I hold that it is because the assembly plant can only produce a certain amount of iPads per day. Some purchasers will get theirs within a few days, some next month. If Apple was to promise 48 or 72 hours and it turns to be weeks then that is a PR problem that wouldn’t want.

Now if Apple makes a change to the estimated shipping date and extends it several more weeks, then it is a strong possibility that it is because Toshiba can not produce the NAND memory.

I am fortunate in many ways. Not that I already have my iPad, but that there is a humanitarian crisis in Japan, an environmental crisis. Not just Japan, there is serious trouble in Libya, Bahrain, West African states, and other places. I count my blessings.

I am going to finish this beer and then I am going to bed, night all.

MacFrogger

Update on Toshiba NAND: Lots of conflicting stories out there; more recent ones say their plants are operating. Nonetheless, spot prices for flash memory have reportedly surged 20%.  In the end, this may hurt any wannabe competitors more than Apple, as their prices are already set in long term contracts.  But in the short term, this could further push out iPad2 ship dates.

Having said that, let’s not forget about the incredible suffering in Japan right now, and please consider donating to relief efforts if you’re in a position to do so…

Nemo

The compassion evidenced by the last comments gladdens my heart.

Lee Dronick

Shipping update from my friend.

1. Several air freight carriers have resumed operations to and from Japan. Most are landing at Osaka because Tokyo is busy with passenger flights.

2. The ports of Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, and Hakata are safe and are open. The ports of Sendai, Hachinohe, and Onahama are closed until further notice.

secular0ne

A couple of thoughts. Perhaps the iPad assembly plant in China has on hand several week or even a month of Japanese made components. If so then the 5 week estimate may be due to the number of iPads that can be assembled per day.

I’ve been a factory worker for over 40 years. The JIT (just in time) lean production eliminated more than a week’s worth of supply parts at factories. Its all good & well until something happens like a natural disaster.

As a factory worker there were even times we stood around waiting for an early morning shipment of parts as the semi-truck had overturned in an accident and the parts needed to be transferred to another semi-truck.

Having limited part supplies puts the expense on the parts manufacturer storage system except when something happens to prevent on time delivery.

I’m sure Corporations see profits from this system or they’d change it. smile

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