Can Apple make enough iPads?

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadPhilip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune,” Gene Munster’s team at Piper Jaffray called 50 Apple stores this week and found a ‘very limited’ supply of iPads”

Specifically:
• 37 (74%) of stores were completely sold out of all models
• All 50 (100%) were sold out of the 3G models
• 13 (26%) had only Wi-Fi models left to sell

Elmer-Dewitt reports, “With the international roll-out of the iPad scheduled to begin May 28 — a week from today — Munster believes that supply won’t catch up to demand until mid to late summer.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rick D.” for the heads up.]

44 Comments

  1. I’m in Canada, just got notice, it’s shipping today from China, ETA Friday ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. When Bill Gates finds out about those iPads flying off the shelves at the rate of millions per month, I wonder if he would like to reconsider his comment about how there’s nothing about The iPad that he wishes Microsoft had done ?

  3. I’d be very surprised if the supply-demand equilibrium is achieved by August. The international rollout won’t even be completed by then. The stats indicate the 3G models are way more popular than Apple expected. I call them the GPS model. Consumers are getting the word of mouth that none of the Wi-Fi only models have GPS which is a fry big minus. With the holiday bump I’m thinking maybe by early 2011 supply might catch up.

  4. What component is the bottle neck in making more? Can Apple make more of those items faster? Maybe Apple will need to establish a fully automated assembly line to put iPads together in several countries? Importing parts vs. finished products are taxed differently.

    Ok, can Apple make enough iPads now? How many will Apple need by September’s back to school? By Christmas? … Apple can solve this problem. As the demand for netbooks falls off the cliff, maybe they would make iPads for Apple.

  5. @MidWest Mac
    If the iPhone came to VZ or Sprint would you get one? Or just stick with a phone and the iPad. This inquiring mind from MN wants to know.

  6. Those same analysts that said the iPad was useless and predicted it would be a failure will now complain that Apple was negligent for not making enough of them.

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