For those who hadn't heard yet, tragedy struck the Foxconn plant in Chengdu, China yesterday. It was being reported that at least two people died in the explosion and 16 were hurt in the blast at the plant. Foxconn is one of Apple's largest contract manufacturers, and Apple is working with Foxconn to understand what caused the event.
If there's one thing that's certain in life, it's that there's usually never anything certain. However, one thing that's usually about close to being certain, is once Apple starts to run supplies short, something new is on the way. If supplies of Snow Leopard availability in New Zealand and Australia are any indication, then we could see Lion soon.
Let's see, we've had our refresh of the MacBook Pro now, as well as the iPad. What's next on the docket? The iMac perhaps? A new rumor today has supplies tightening for the product, and you know what that can only mean!
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.