iPad Accessories Delayed: Victims of Success?
The first weekend of iPadmania
brought upwards of 150,000 pre-orders, according to estimates floating around the Web, with store reservations adding an unknown number to the total. While Apple insists that all pre-orders and reservations will be fulfilled on April 3, the company is apparently hedging its bets for a number of iPad accessories. Ship dates for some items were pushed back to May on the online Apple Store, with no explanation forthcoming from Apple about the delay.
The iPad case is said to start shipping in mid-April. The iPad Keyboard Dock, which includes an aluminum keyboard with special "iPad keys" won't ship until late April, and the 10W Power Adapter that offers a longer 6-foot (2m) power cord for charging. And there’s still no information about the mysterious Camera Connection Kit
, which is supposed to provide both a USB connection and an SD card port. The regular iPad Dock and the Dock to VGA Adapter will apparently still be available.
Some observers saw the sharp decline in the number of iPad pre-orders after the first day as a sign that sales might not be as brisk as the hype may have suggested. Persistent rumors of supply problems were bolstered by Apple pushing the release date of the iPad back to early April after promising a late March delivery. The launch was also limited to the US alone, with availability still vaguely claimed as "late April" in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, and unknown in other markets.
Still, it could be that unexpectedly brisk business in accessories - with keyboards possibly much in demand by people who aren't sure how they're going to type on a tablet - could have forced Apple to push shipping dates back.
Boy Genius Report passed on information from the flagship Apple Store
in New York City that indicate that most people are going for the midrange 32GB model, and that this is "what Apple was expecting." Reportedly about 50% of store reservations were for the 32GB iPad, with 30% for the 64GB unit and the remainder for the 16GB model.