Production and quality problems with parts leads to drop in estimated 2011 iPad 2 shipments

Production and quality problems with parts leads to drop in estimated 2011 iPad 2 shipments
Thanks to production and quality problems with parts received for the Apple iPad 2, the Cupertino based firm is having problems meeting demand for the tablet. With Apple unable to use some of the LCD panels and speakers it has ordered from vendors, the manufacturer finds itself in "the mother of all backlogs," according to Apple COO Tim Cook.

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."

source: AppleInsider

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1. ben unregistered

thank god,less idrones tricked into upgrading to it and being tracked by apple

3. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011


2. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"iSheep powering American business since companies were named after fruits!"-Bill Gates

5. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Nov 10, 2009

Samsung must stop selling components to Apple until Apple drop all lawsuits against Samsung.

10. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

19. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011


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: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

this is going to be their ongoing excuse for lack of sales.

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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...

20. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011


25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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

24. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

gemini your thoughts?

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