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  • iPad 2 Shipping Times Improve on The Eve of International Launch


    An optimist sees it as a positive sign of things to come. A pessimist says its the clam before the storm. No matter how you view the new estimated shipping times for iPad 2 orders placed online, one thing is for certain. Apple is well aware of the crushing demand for the second generation tablet, and the supply faucet has been turned on full blast. And that's a very promising indication, given the big weekend the iPad 2 is facing.

    Today, new signs emerged that the iPad 2 is becoming more readily available. Online orders placed with Apple now return with a 3 to 4 week shipping estimate in the US, which is an improvement over longer shipping times estimated during the previous two weeks. Not bad considering that the iPad 2 inventory was fully depleted the first weekend of availability on March 11th.

    Of course, some are cautioning restraint to the optimism that supply concerns are now behind us. This weekend, a new case of iPad 2 fever might break out. Online preorders have already commenced for tomorrow's scheduled international launch. But perhaps the greatest indicators of the forthcoming demand increase are the long lines already being observed this evening at Apple stores around the world (the UK Telegraph found one man in line 33 hours early). From Great Britain to Australia, long lines are already being reported ahead of tomorrow's 5:00 pm iPad 2 roll out. Although it isn't known how many units Apple has made available for this weekend's global debut, some analysts are expecting another depleted international inventory, possibly by Monday.

    Despite a delay for obvious tragic reasons to the iPad's arrival in Japan, all plans for the iPad 2 international debut have seemingly gone well. Just recently, in fact, Apple stated that the second generation tablet will hit Hong Kong, Korea, and Singapore next month, to be followed by a plethora of other nations before the end of the year. Tomorrow, however, the iPad 2 will arrive in 25 new countries. They include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

    Source: The UK Telegraph
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2 Shipping Times Improve on The Eve of International Launch started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      Ordered mine Mar 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM PDT

      Not yet shipped
      Product Qty.
      IPAD WI-FI 64GB BLACK-USA
      Ships: Apr 11
      Delivers: Apr 14


      WTF...IM TIRED OF WAITING!
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      The other thing to consider possibly is that Apple probably allocates a certain amount to be set aside for international launch and does not touch that quantity to help off set the shortage in the US.

      Think of it like a bank account and having a Christmas fund. Each month you contribute a specific dollar amount to your Christmas fund so at the end of the year you have enough to buy your gifts without having to spend your entire paycheck for Dec at the last minute.

      I imagine that this is what they are doing. However, I am also sure they will have shortages in the international realm as well. It is a high demand product which always means it will be difficult to get.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Keep complaining about your shipping times. I'm sure FedEx will magically hear the cries and expedite your specific order instantly.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Keep complaining about your shipping times. I'm sure FedEx will magically hear the cries and expedite your specific order instantly.
      You do realize the the hold up is not fedex right? Mine is not even shipping until the 21st of April and I'll get it a few days after that...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Apple Store here had tons of iPad 2s in stock today.
    1. amorod's Avatar
      amorod -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Apple Store here had tons of iPad 2s in stock today.
      Yea right!! I'm sure only have 10 and already sold them.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by amorod View Post
      Yea right!! I'm sure only have 10 and already sold them.
      They told me they had every model except 32 GB wifi only, 16 GB GSM, and 64 GB Verizon.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      You do realize the the hold up is not fedex right? Mine is not even shipping until the 21st of April and I'll get it a few days after that...
      Apple....my bad. There's no use in sweating over when it's gonna ship. It's not gonna do anything but annoy you more and more. Everybody needs to just be cool and jump on their Xbox or solve a 10,000 piece puzzle until their glorious iPad arrives.
    1. amorod's Avatar
      amorod -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      They told me they had every model except 32 GB wifi only, 16 GB GSM, and 64 GB Verizon.
      Do you know how many they receive from each? Because today I was on a line of 50 persons aprox. to buy mine and then some guy went out and told everybody in the line that the iPads were sold out. and that they only receive like 10 of each. "man, that really pissed me off"
    1. Certde's Avatar
      Certde -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      So they didn't have enough iPads to fill the demand for the U.S. and claimed their supply output couldn't meet the demand.....but they sure have enough to ship to 25 other countries.

      Artificial supply shortage to increase demand at its finest right there.
      So Apple caused the earthquake in Japan?
    1. etorymd's Avatar
      etorymd -
      Ordered mine from Apple on March 12 (64GB WiFi + 3G). Initial email confirmation said it would ship April 1 and deliver April 8. I got confirmation a few days ago it was shipped via FedEx. It is now at FedEx 20 miles from my house. Should get it Monday.