updated 01:30 pm EDT, Mon May 24, 2010
Apple switches to ambiguous 'June' timeframe
It is unclear when new international iPad orders will ship, investigation reveals. While the first pre-ordered wave of tablets is set to reach homes and stores by May 28th, Apple's online storefronts in the UK, Italy and Germany now all display vague "June" shipping times. Previously, after launch-day supplies had been exhausted, the company began claiming a June 7th shipping date.
Apple has had serious trouble keeping up with iPad demand, to the point that many US stores have no 3G iPads in stock, or even Wi-Fi-only models. The situation is only expected to worsen with international launches, although Apple may be taking on additional suppliers to cope. The situation may not stabilize until sometime this fall, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has suggested.