Apple extends iPad 2 shipping to 3-4 weeks; International launch in jeopardy?

“Apple today quietly pushed the ship times for iPad 2 online orders back once again, now estimating new purchases at 3 weeks to a month,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“The new shipping times, along with sellouts, and limited model availability at retail stores (including its own), are a clear sign that Apple is having a tough time meeting demand,” Lowensohn reports. “A similar situation took place during the first launch, leading to Apple pushing back its international launch, which for the iPad 2 is less than two weeks away.”

Lowensohn reports, “Online sales of the iPad 2 kicked off at 1 a.m. PT yesterday, and quickly went from 3 to 5 days to 2 to 3 weeks, the latter of which had held until just a few hours ago.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: So far, Apple’s current position on iPad 2’s international launch remains unchanged: On March 25th, iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

44 Comments

    1. Flash memory, batteries and HQ capacitors are all done in Japan (there is even print “Apple Japan” on the battery).

      So the tragedy there may really tamper with iPad 2 production and its worldwide unrolling.

  1. As usual the rest of the world gets sloppy seconds when it comes to apple product launches.

    I GUARANTEE that apple will move the launch back at least a month!

    If they don’t, expect very little availablity in retail
    Stores across the globe.

    Me, I’m gonna order online at 12.01 on the morning of the launch. That’s gonna be the only way of guaranteeing an ipad 2.

  2. I see it like this: the March release was meant to give us a taste, get a million or so of these out there and spur demand. They won’t begin to churn out the millions necessary to keep up with that demand until April.

    So when you think about it, the real iPad release date is still in April like last year and some people are just fortunate enough to have gotten one a month early.

    1. I know this sort of thing is commonplace. Still, Apple needn’t pull such a stunt to create an artificial surge in demand.

      I think that there is a huge inventory allotment of iPad 2’s set aside for the international launch. Last year was an anomaly wherein Apple didn’t even realise how huge the demand would be.

    2. If anyone thinks that Apple intentionally kept manufacturing low to stimulate demand, you need to think again. Virtually every Apple product is a sell out at release. Apple does not need to stimulate demand. Apple is pushing its suppliers to ramp up production and had to strike a balance between building up an initial inventory and delaying its retail release.

      I don’t know why so many people assign nefarious intentions to Apple. It’s FUD.

    1. Why don’t you go shove your head up yourvass where it belongs instead of second guessing the company that is number 1 in inventory management. WTF else do you know about knee jerks?

    2. Its obvious AAPL stages this crap with limited release to have long lines for press coverage : free advertising. I’d be careful calling them genius though, you do realize that by waiting so long to offer the iPhone on other carriers they lost sales and more importantly let Android get a big piece of the market. That was just plain dumb. A fact not fiction. As much as I love my AAPL stuff and stock I think like an adult not like a fanboy. AAPL, it’s just a big money making company. It isn’t your best buddy it’s a business. Grow up. Any company that consistently fails to change time on a phone, twice a year with time change, is not genius. The other AAPL sites all covered this. I’ll bet MDN does not mention it. They would ridicule an Android phone for such a screw up!

      1. Grow up? Please GM.

        You honestly believe Apple did a limited release on purpose for press coverage?

        Wouldn’t it have been more impressive press coverage for them to sell 5 million units or some other huge impressive number?

        Sure, Apple doesn’t do everything perfectly, but to assume that they would purposely hold back on production or release of product in order to stimulate some kind of weird press coverage is just silly.

        1. They launched the iPad2 knowing fully that they did not have enough product. That my friend is silly, not me. I simply pointed out the obvious. Sorry you can’t think rationally like an adult. Fanboy.

          1. GM you’re like a blind mouse who just felt the tail of an elephant an came to severely incorrect conclusion. Breathe deeply and calm down, don’t be a troll.

  3. I got mine yesterday, walked into my local Apple Store, the greeter asked what I was in for, said an iPad, she started whispering, asked me to step to the side, introduced me to the manager who go me a sales person, all seemingly on the DL… long strange story short got in a few minutes… weird?

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