IPad And Other Tablet Shipments May Suffer From Component Shortage Through May

Posted: Apr 29 2011, 8:46am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple


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The iPad 1-2 weeks online shipping delay might stay in effect next month.

The Japanese earthquake has a longer term impact on electronic component supplies. Digitimes reports today that shortages of components needed to make tablets are in effect at least until the 2nd half of May. Right now the Apple Store ships the iPad with 1-2 weeks delay. This might continue to be the case throughout May.

Supplies of gyroscopes, memory chips and even the resin for IC substrate production will run short in May.

The report also claims that a number of tablet makers have already reduced their targeted shipments. Apple is seen to have the most leverage in the supply chain with their prepaid deals. But of course at some point even pre-paid deals will not help if there is just no supply available.

Why this is important:
The iPad 2 sales numbers have been lower than expected last quarter because of supply issues. Continued supply issues will hurt sales for the current quarter.

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