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Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by zipur, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. zipur
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    Does apple alway make it so darn hard to get their product?
    I mean why didn't they allow folks to make online order two weeks early. Then they would have ample supplies to meet the demand for this product.
    Happy customer make repeat customers.
    Some say they wanted to have this demand because it looks good cheep advertising . I don't agree! Wouldn't it have been better to have peoples money sign seals and then (almost)delivered.

    Wouldn't having be better to have the ipad 2's in peoples hands it would advertise itself.

    This waiting and calling around is a PITA.

    Also whats with the rumors of IPAD 3 in September when some of us will still be waiting for apple to deliver the IPAD 2s.
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    I know you are frustrated and I might be too ~ and I can see by your previous postings/threads that you are just not too happy with Apple at this time.

    But they have a lot of repeat customers ~ trust me. So they must be happy.

    As far as the rumors re iPad3 in September ~ that is all it is: Rumors. Apple typically releases the next generation about a year later.

    There will always be the newer product ~ always ~
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    The shortages would have only started 2 weeks earlier.

    The only thing Apple did was create a product that everyone wants, and the lines would still be there whether they were publicized or not.
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    My point is why didn't they have pre-orders? Then lines would have been well. smaller.


    But thanks for letting me vent, after my third visit to the apple store only to stand around with others of my elk planning on ways to get the IPAD 2.
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    Pre-orders would have been the same as online ordering. The shipping times for pre-orders would have quickly been extended to many weeks, and impatient people would still go stand in lines hoping to get one sooner.

    There's really no easy way around high demand and limited supply.
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    One has to put this in perspective, production for ipad 2 started in late jan early Feb after the ipad1 production was stopped. It has been stated Apple requested around 700,000 to 800,000 ipad 2 from the Shenzhen, China plant to be available at launch in USA. What actually happen the demand for ipad 2 exceeded everyones expectations as it is estimated Apple sold through the initial inventory in less than a week. No one knows how many ipad2 were made available in all other countries for the second release but again it was a sellout one would expect way over a million . As the production ramps up and hopefully not delayed due to the earthquake in Japan ( some components are made in Japan) then slowly they will catch up. This most likely will take until at least June. The big factor is the new production lines from new factories are not operatng yet ( see below)

    It has been stated Apple's manufacture Foxconn can produce 10,000 ipads per day per factory run x 50 lines in full production This is needed to meet world wide demand. At present, the biggest production unit of the region is located at Shenzhen with a production capacity of 2.5 million per month.

    DigiTimes reports that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn has opened up its first iPad production lines at its new plants in Chengdu, China. While the new lines are only capable of producing 300,000 units per month, Foxconn plans to expand it capabilities in Chengdu to 50 production lines capable of manufacturing 40 million iPads per year.

    One more thing......
    Foxconn in Shenzhen, China has more than 800,000 employees where they manufacture products for other major companies as well as Apple. Apple is the largest customer for Foxconn with analysts estimating that more than . 100,000 of Foxconn's 800,000 workers in China are working on Apple products.

    The bottom line is you are purchasing one of the most popular consumer products ever produced which demand is exceeding supply so you have no choice but to be patient and wait
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    Edit: Nvm. col.bris has a really informative summary.
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    They did. Online orders started at 2am. Store pickup started at 5pm on launch day
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    I agree.
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    Bite the bullet like I did and get there before 6, you'll get one!
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    Well now that I settled down, and been kick in the but by eyeojo I have regained my determination to get my I2 before my extended ship date Apr. 20.

    bitting the bullet!

    You can close this tread since my next post will be a victory lap.
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    Sometimes ranting and raving just makes you feel better about things!

    It's worth the wait.
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    I waited outside an apple mon-thurs for 2 hours in 50-60 degree moist weather to get my original ipad 2
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    I went to one of my local stores at 7:30am, store scheduled to open at 9. There were about 25 people in line. Store guy comes out and 8 and said because it's cold out (wasn't really that cold) they'd issue vouchers to everyone in line and as long as you come back by 11am whatever model you picked is yours. They had vouchers for each model in stock, by the time they got to me they still had stacks of vouchers left. I wanted the AT&T 64GB Black model, and they must have had at least 30-40 tickets left. So anybody going to that store by 9 or 10 would be sure to get one. Turned out that it wasn't really hard to get one, just had to wait in line for about 45 minutes, not bad at all.
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    We can't close it! We need to see your victory lap.:D Plus others are posting theirs!
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    I've no way to confirm this, but I feel it's possible that the Japan earthquake/tsunami disaster may have caused disruptions in shipping for iPad 2. I ordered mine almost as soon as the iPad 2 went on sale online and then started reading incoming reports about the disaster shortly thereafter.

    It almost seems like the extremely early orders made it out, and then I started hearing about weeks-long delays for others. Mine arrived within four days or so of placing my online order.

    I realize they come from China, but perhaps Apple originally intended to ship via Japan also, and had to scramble to reroute. Not really sure. Of course, it would be in bad taste for them to blame shipping difficulties on such a terrible event, thus, perhaps, no explanation is best from their point of view.

    As to the store stocks running low, I suppose demand must be quite large. Then again, perhaps unspoken shipping difficulties play a part.
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    On the apple forums, some folks have said that the geniuses and AppleCare folks have said the production lines have been held up due the qc issues with light leakage. The new rumored start ship date is 21 April.
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    Shenzhen is adjacent to the Hong Kong SAR, i.e. if you were crossing the border from China to HK, you'd be crossing over from Shenzhen. From there you can go overland directly to Lantau Island, where the Hong Kong International Airport (along with couriers and freight companies) is located.

    Thus, in terms of economy and efficiency, everything from Shenzhen can easily go overland to HKIA, where it gets dispatched to the respective destination cities (one of the considerations to having the factory in Shenzhen, I'm sure.) There's no reason why the cargo would have to make another stop in Japan.

    As for Chengdu, it's located roughly right in the middle of China in Szechuan province. Again, there's no business sense nor would it be cost-effective to make an intermediate stop in Japan.
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    They do not ship via Japan. Please read my earlier post demand out paces supply give it time and all will be fine.
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    I strongly disagree. If Apple had allowed pre-orders sooner, they would have had a better idea of what demand was. This shortage is not entirely an accident by any stretch. It is naive to think otherwise. Apple is feeding off the publicity. It loves it.

    My theory is that Apple had already wanted supplies to be short--and the unpredictable tragedy in Japan only made things worse, pushing a minor update, second gen product to being "sold out" across the board weeks after its launch. Waits are even longer than Apple wanted them to be. (And that's saying something)

    No Steve Jobs, the iPad 2 isn't EVERYWHERE in March.

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