Apple's online store will now ship the Apple iPad mini in 1 to 3 days

Apple's online store will now ship the Apple iPad mini in 1 to 3 days
From the moment that the online Apple Store started taking pre-orders for the Apple iPad mini, there was an imbalance between supply and demand. The white and silver model was sold out within hours followed by a complete sellout of the inventory held aside for pre-orders. After the slate launched, 3 million units were sold on the first weekend that it was available.

Just prior to the heavy holiday shopping season, the shipping time for orders placed from the online Apple Store was 1 week. Besides the heavy demand for the 7.9 inch tablet, some of the suppliers were having problems delivering parts. For example, one of the companies that provides the display for the tablet, AU Optronics, was having a problem with low yields. This reduced the amount of finished product that Apple could sell. AU Optronics said that normal yields would resume in the current quarter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, as recently as January, confirmed that suppliers were to blame for the shipping delays, as they were having problems meeting demand. Cook said that things would be back in balance by the end of the March quarter. But now it would appear that supply and demand have reached a balance earlier than expected. Shipping time has been now dropping continuously from the one week in December, to 3 to 5 business days in January, to the current 1 to 3 business days. You can't do much better than the current shipping time.

source: AppleStore via AppleInsider

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iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh

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5 Comments

1. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Demand must be down.

5. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

yup!! very very verrrryy LOWW DEMAND....

2. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Im not shocked. It was a sub par device with least than desirable specs. But for the average user and not any of us on this sites it would be a great device if it had better specs and a better screen Id might have picked it up. Im not to picky with the OS unlike many here because I dont need anything to fance appart from a decent browser and a good multimedia center. But the lower specs didnt attract me like the Nexus 7 did. Maybe next year.

3. wendygarett unregistered

Ship to my house for free please :)

4. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

64GB WiFi only is $529... and they claim that they make low magin from it.. Seriously?...$529 for that s**t?? Something is very wrong here lool

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