updated 10:45 am EDT, Fri May 21, 2010
Large swaths of Apple Stores missing all models
Sellouts of the iPad at Apple Stores may be a good sign for investors in some respects, but they are also reasons to check optimism, says Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. The analyst notes that after getting in contact with 50 US Apple outlets, 74 percent report being sold out of all iPad models, while 26 percent have some Wi-Fi models in stock. None have the iPad 3G. The numbers back similar ones from RBC's Mike Abramsky.
Online orders are now said to be taking seven to 10 days to ship, up from five to seven. In-store reservations should be fulfilled faster, according to an Apple representative, with a wait of four to seven days. In tandem with the imminent launch of international iPads though, these factors could mean that iPad supply problems will last through June, Munster argues. A stable flow of tablets may only be reached in the fall.
Munster comments that while the demand is good, and may suggest sales in excess of a 1.3 million figure he has predicted for the June quarter, some other forecasts are "getting ahead" of what Apple can actually deliver. The company is believed to selling twice as many iPads per week as it is Macs, to the point that shipments are within reach of iPhone levels.