Production and quality problems with parts leads to drop in estimated 2011 iPad 2 shipments
In the recently announced second quarter results, Apple announced it had shipped 4.69 million iPad 2 units, well short of the 6.2 million that analysts had estimated. The backlog has forced iSuppli to cut its 2011 number of Apple iPad 2 units expected to ship by 4 million tablets to a total of 39.7 million. The research firm also spoke with chain supply sources who revealed that Apple was having quality concerns with LCD panels, production shortages of the tablet's new speaker, and lamination issues with one of its touch panel suppliers. While things are picking up in terms of iPad 2 production, Apple is still expected to fall short of its goal for April.
The report from iSuppli says that the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has not had much of an impact on Apple's ability to get parts as the latter has been paying more to vendors to make sure that the assembly line for the tablet keeps humming. In the current quarter, production of the Apple iPad 2 is expected to double from the previous quarter.
The good news is that iSuppli sees things clearing up next year when 62.6 million Apple iPad 2 tablets are forecast to be shipped, up from the research firm's original 61.6 estimate for 2012. And COO Cook says that 13 more countries will launch the device next week. He added, "Demand has been staggering, and I'm not going to predict when supply and demand will come into balance. I can only be confident on the supply side."
1. ben (unregistered)
thank god,less idrones tricked into upgrading to it and being tracked by apple
2. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
It’s kind of crazy that even after a month from its debut customers are still waiting to purchase the ipad2 in masses. I believe the back order on Apples website is still a 3-4 week wait. I think this is more of a result in the products popularity rather than its limitations.
4. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
"iSheep powering American business since companies were named after fruits!"-Bill Gates
5. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
Bill gates is just mad that he is lossing more-and-more market share everyday and his team can't come up with a new and inovative concept on their own.
7. applesauce (unregistered)
Microsoft is a large shareholder of apple; I don't think Bill Gates minds their success, especially since he's taken himself out of the day-to-day ops at Microsoft
15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
djlegacy the worthless troll is back
6. derp (unregistered)
Oh come on....quality problems never stopped Motorola or HTC...they still continue to release shit every other week.
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5170; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If Apple is having supplier problems, what about the rest of the potential competitors? The PlayBook was apparently delayed a month due to component availability. I wonder about the others?
17. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
See, I think the PlayBook could have benefited from delays because it isn't ready on the software side either...
21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5170; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yeah, I have to agree with you about the PlayBook software being too little too soon. I have gone into BestBuy on 2 separate occasions to check out the PlayBook and each time I leave feeling the PlayBook is not yet ready for prime time.
9. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Samsung must stop selling components to Apple until Apple drop all lawsuits against Samsung.
10. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
This is a typical practice for businesses. Also, if you read the news this morning Samsung is now countersuing Apple.
11. andro (unregistered)
Only one upset by this news is fanboys eager to pump out more cash to apple for having a camera in this 'new' ipad. make sure you smile continually fanboys when holding the device and using facetime,after all apple is watching and photographing you,and you want to appease your gods don't ye.
12. kev (unregistered)
How does this all quality problems stop apple producing more ipad 2? Afterall a poor quality antenna didn't stop them pumping out iphone 4s into their fans hungry gobs
13. applesauce (unregistered)
wow, you mean something made in china with chinese components has quality and production problems? say it ain't so!
14. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
this is going to be their ongoing excuse for lack of sales.
16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Lack of sales wouldn't create a month long back order genius. What's Motorola's excuse for lack of sales.
18. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Shitty products? I'd buy HTC far before I'd purchase Motorola...
25. protozeloz (Posts: 5290; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
silly question... if you where to choose any android manufacturer... witch one would you go for? I Like moto so far but haven't tried Samsung yet
27. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ive had moto, htc, and sammy. my vibrant/galaxyS is the best phone ever.. by far. They lost a few steps in customer support which they are trying to make up, but at least they were smart enough to keep the bootloader and everything else unlocked creating one hell of a mod community. XDA is leagues ahead of stock... for any phone. :)
22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5170; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Lack of product to sell is going to be an excuse for lower sales than they could have had. Tim Cook is already laying the groundwork for using that excuse....
23. andro (unregistered)
two things will happen here,they either all the brain dead fanboys attention automatically will deflect to the iphone 5 over lack of ifad 2s or else apple will massively up their pr and advertising techniques and sucker those drones into buying the iphone 5 ,after all the ads will convince them it will change everything again again and again with a 8 mp camera