Apple Fixes iPad Shipping Delays for Online Buyers
By Daniel Ionescu
Online iPad shoppers used to be forced to wait up to a week for their tablet orders to ship. But now orders ship within 24 hours as Apple has apparently solved a nagging iPad supply problem. According to Apple’s online store all six versions of Apple’s iPad ship in just 24 hours from the time of purchase — down from up to seven days in recent weeks.
With such high demand for its iPad, Apple had to immediately delay the international launch of the tablet until the end of May, while the company prepared to introduce the WiFi+3G iPad by the end of April in the U.S. New pre-orders for the 3G iPad also had to be delayed by a week.
Throughout the summer, the estimated shipping time for the iPad from Apple’s official online store stayed at seven to ten days for delivery, according to a chart compiled by CNN Fortune. In August, this went down to five to seven days, then to one to three days last week, and now to 24 hours.
The latest analysts’ estimates from iSuppli say that Apple will sell almost 13 million iPads by the end of this year, up from a previous forecast of just over seven million. A new iPad is expected to arrive in April 2011, according to the same company.