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iPad 2 ship times slip to 3-4 weeks, most stores at sell out

updated 03:25 pm EST, Sat March 12, 2011

iPad 2 now shipping in 3-4 weeks

Demand for the iPad 2 became more evident on Saturday as the online Apple Store and retail stores saw worsening supply. The online portal is now quoting three to four weeks' shipping time for any new iPad 2 order, regardless of the model. Apple had already been quoting two to three weeks within just a few hours of starting to accept online orders on Friday.

Further reports from readers have mentioned that most retail stores are now either sold out of their stock or are limited to one 3G model.

Interest in the iPad 2 is certain to be high, but it's unknown how many Apple will have ultimately sold. Numerous complaints have surfaced, including from Apple store staff, that stores were receiving few to start with or received considerably fewer than they were expecting. Queues were nontheless longer than usual and saw most if not all of the initial wave satisfied.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Store Staff Complain?

    Please, Apple Store staff don't complain, you just tell them that Apple's released a new feature called limited stock that makes the customer experience better... they'll buy it hook line and sinker and proudly announce it to anyone who'll listen.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Acer CEO

    This is bad for Acer CEO who predicted iPad hype will die and Netbook/Android tablets will picked up again. Wonder where is he now?

  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It happens

    No matter how you look at this, it had to happen.
    Apple were selling a very good iPad already which was still flying off the shelves.
    To make the new model they have to stop making the old one, make sense?
    Therefore they risked either, running out of old models or not having enough new ones.
    They have as many new models in the stores as they can make and ship out.
    What you also have to remember is that some stores don't have storage capacity for more than 100-200 devices, and therefore have to get daily stock.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: It happens

    To make the new model they have to stop making the old one, make sense?

    No, it doesn't. Why could they not make both?

    Therefore they risked either, running out of old models or not having enough new ones.

    Yeah, and if they decided to let the old models run out, people wouldn't be buying the iPad 1 days before the new iPad was released.

    And then there also wouldn't be any "Apple sells out!" stories, either.

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