iPad 2 Demand Pushes Delivery Time to 4-5 Weeks
On Tuesday, Apple once again revised its estimated shipping time for orders placed online for the new iPad 2. And the revision isn't going to be well-received by prospective iPad 2 buyers eager to get their hands on the second generation tablet. According to individuals who placed their orders this morning, Apple has delayed shipping times again, saying it may now take four to five weeks for delivery.
Despite initial rumors that Apple stores were getting massive iPad 2 shipments yesterday (and opening their doors extra early today) it appears that the supply shortage has somehow worsened between Monday into Tuesday. By all accounts, the iPad 2 remains sold-out, with any new inventory quickly being snatched seemingly within moments of hitting shelves. For now, Apple isn't addressing supply shortages except to say that "demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing. We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible."
On each of the iPad 2's three business days of availability so far (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday), the estimated shipping time has been extended by a matter of weeks. While some analysts believe that delivery times could reach upwards of eight weeks before the end of this week, Apple is reportedly turning on the supply faucet to a substantial degree to prevent any significant customer outrage and potential loss of business to a competing tablet.
Although the precise numbers aren't yet known, Wall Street analysts believe that Apple has likely sold somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million iPad 2s since the Friday product launch.