Apple iPad 2 shipments pick up speed in the U.S.; online orders now arrive in 2-3 weeks
Overseas, where the Apple iPad 2 launched in 25 countries on March 25th, the wait is also 2 to 3 weeks when ordering online from Apple. And as we recently reported, 500 of the most highly shopped Radio Shack stores are now selling the device which indicates an increase in supply.
1. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Unless the customer can acquire the iPad 2 from another distributor (which is highly unlikely since we're talking about Apple here), they won't be canceling their order due to some delay.
It's the mindset Apple products have on their consumers. There are a couple of distributors that still have the iPad 2 available for in store pick up (ie. Walmart, Best Buy, Target, etc) but they would rather have it straight from Apple.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Meh. There is still spotting supply availability on the iPad 2 on the S.F. Peninsula. I checked at the Best Buy in San Carlos, and they are basically processing a waiting list as and when they receive iPad 2 units. And there are still waiting lines in the early a.m. forming outside Apple stores. The lines are not as long as before (on Saturday (4/2), there were 15 hardy souls waiting outside the Burlingame Apple store, where a week before, the line was maybe 30 long), but they are still there.
I personally think the idea of having people wait in line in the early a.m. is counter-productive. I thought the waiting list with a 24 hour claim period after receiving an e-mail was a much better way to manage the demand. Of course, the way that VZW handled the demand for the Droid X was even better - I placed my order and a week later, the FedEx box arrived.... No lines, no craziness and I had my Droid X in a much shorter timeframe. Yes, fewer Droid X handsets have been sold than iPhone 4s, but still, Apple could learn a thing or two about managing supply availability.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Correction - I meant to say spotty (as opposed to spotting) supply availability.... Fingers were typing faster than my mind. :-)