Inventory channel checks are often used to determine when new hardware might be on the way from Apple, with constrained supplies often a sign that a refresh is imminent. According to a new report, both the Mac Pro and Mac mini Server now fit that bill, which could indicate new stuff a-comin’.
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.
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?
According to key Apple executives Peter Oppenheimer and Ron Johnson, despite Apple's efforts to keep supplies in line with iPhone 4 demands, they just can't do it. Chris Whitemore, a Deutsche Bank analyst who recently met up with the two execs, says "iPhone 4 demand remains very robust and despite efforts to close the supply-demand imbalance and the continued supply ramp, Apple still cannot meet iPhone demand."
Supply problems overseas are putting a crimp in the availability of iPhone 4s, creating big headaches for Apple at the same time that iPad availability is finally improving, flying past the three million mark in July.
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?