Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours

Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours

Summary: For the first time in over four months it looks like Apple is finally catching up with demand for the Apple iPad 2.

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You may recall my hunt for the Apple iPad 2 back in early March and how I came to thoroughly enjoy the 3G functionality in my new tablet. iPad 2 tablets were tough to find and the online shipping estimates grew to 4-5 weeks just after the pre-orders shipped out in mid-March. Mac Rumors reports that for the first time since the device was released in March, that's over four months, you can now find every iPad in the Apple online store shipping within 24 hours in the US and Canada. I am sure Samsung, Motorola, HP, RIM, and others would love to have a supply shortage.

The demand for the iPad 2 has been unprecedented in the tablet world where no other tablet device has come anywhere close to the sales figures we have seen with the iPad. In the latest Apple Q3 financial report we heard that 9.25 million iPads have been sold in the last quarter alone. It is now funny to read my post from January 2010 when I tried to convince myself there was no need for an iPad when I had a laptop and a smartphone. I am still not fully sold that there is a need for a huge tablet market, but the apps and services available for my iPad have turned it into an essential device for me and many others.

I know one could always control the supply and create a demand for a product, but given the amazing sales figures of the iPad it looks like Apple truly was trying to stay up with demand as much as possible. There are rumors of a possible new iPad later this year, but when is there ever not a rumor of a new Apple product? Given that Apple is just now catching up with demand I don't know why they wouldn't just continue to sell the iPad 2 for the next several months at least and the only thing I would like to see in my iPad is a higher resolution display.

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  • RE: Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours

    I got my iPad 2 on the first day it was released and waited in line 20 minutes. You have to know where to look and it's not always the Apple Store. Got mine from a local Target Store.
    jamboy34
    • RE: Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours

      @jamboy34 More like you got lucky. I checked Target, Best Buy, and various other stores that were carrying the iPad 2 on release and they were all sold out (in part, because each only got like 5 of them).
      Aerowind
  • RE: Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours

    I was looking at the AIR several weeks ago (probably 4) and waiting for the new one to come out... At that time people would walk in and ask for them (not tons but a few) and the rep would note they have them and ask which model they wanted.

    Also, the best buys near me have had at least 20 on the shelf for more than a month.

    In short I would say some of the hype is artificial.
    slickjim
    • No doubt.

      @Peter Perry
      [i]In short I would say some of the hype is artificial.[/i]

      You have plenty in stock, but say supply is [b]very[/b] limited.

      The media outlets report on the iPad2 "shortages", and people think "if it's selling [b]that[/b] fast, then there really must be something to it", and rush out to get one.

      Not saying Apple's the only one to do this, Best Buy was "caught" doing this with the Wii a while back.

      I'm sure other retailers did this a while back with cabbage patch dolls or whatever product was hot selling at the time.
      William Farrell
    • RE: Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours

      @Peter Perry<br><br>First, AGAIN, your anecdotal scenario is statistically and empirically IRRELEVANT.<br>Second, as pointed out repeatedly, the hype is based not just on shortages (which DO exist, despite your unfounded, unsubstantiated claims to the contrary) but also on the around 30 million iPads sold, 6 million just between March and June of this year.
      .DeusExMachina.
      • RE: Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours

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