Despite rumors having run rampant last week that Best Buy could possibly have been in the doghouse in regard to their iPad 2 sales strategy, the major retailer confirmed in a statement that such was not the case. What is instead transpiring is that Best Buy is actually fulfilling customer reservations first.
Maybe you’re frustrated by availability of the iPad 2, so you decide to head to Apple’s website to buy one of the original models from their clearance section. Unfortunately, if you want a Wi-Fi only model, it may already be too late.
Here we are a week later, and lines reportedly still continue to form for the second generation of the iPad. Shipping times are still at 4-5 weeks on Apple's site. Despite the continued onslaught of demand, Apple, along with its manufacturing partner in Foxconn, believe they have enough components on hand to be able to assemble new iPad 2s for at least another 2 to 3 weeks before a potential stockout that would put production on ice if the tragic situation in Japan does not improve.
It was almost to be expected, right? The original iPad launch saw inventory run out rather quickly, and online order shipping times didn't exactly come down until last summer as Apple upped the pace to replenish supplies. It appears that the iPad 2's launch this weekend is going the way of its predecessor, as the only model left at Apple's Fifth Ave store today was the $829 Verizon 3G model.
Following up on an AppleInsider report last Friday claiming that this week’s new iPad may available right away, a new report finds that supplies of the current iPad are extremely limited at the moment. One and one equals… two?
One of the blog's readers sent AppleInsider a tip/complaint that both the 21.5-inch and quad-core 27-inch iMac weren't available for reserve or pick up in Apple's Buffalo, NY location. Elsewhere in the Empire state, shoppers lurking the stark lanes of Apple's 5th Avenue New York City store found that the 27-inch quad core was in short supply there, as well.
If there’s one fairly certain way to predict when new Apple products are coming, it’s a quick check at supplies of a given product. This week it’s the Mac mini which appears to be in short supply -- is a new model on the way?