Does anyone really know?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jimbo1mcm, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
  2. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2004
    Hollywood, CA
  3. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    they said from the very beginning that the 3g versions would be a few weeks behind the wf-fi only version
  4. DemonBob macrumors member


    Mar 26, 2010
    San Antonio, TX
    It's not delayed. Watch the Keynote, Steve said that the 3G would not ship till late April, whereas the Wifi would be available late march.

    Slightly different manufacturing process, they probably had to add an extra conveyer at the factory branching off on the main wifi line, and a few dozen people to man that conveyer, to add the 3G chip. That takes ramp up time, not to mention training time for employee's to install the new part. It's even possible that the manufacture didn't know about the 3G model until a few hours before the keynote, as we know how much apple loves keeping people in the dark.
  5. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
    I think the OP means, why is it releasing so much later than the wifi version. We knew it would ship later, but why?
  6. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    wasn't it delayed to allow proper FCC testing and to await for the approval to begin selling the 3G version of the iPad.
  7. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    Good question... I'm pretty sure they both have FCC approval right now.
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Apple isn't dumb they wouldn't start production for the FCC to reply 'computer says no' so they would have submitted a unit etc to the FCC then waited for the answer then started production hence the time from wifi release to 3g release.
  9. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Actually Apple did start production of the 3G model without FCC approval, and could do so because they've been down this road before and know that they have a 99% chance of approval in time for their delivery.

    They wait until the last horn blows to file for approval for security purposes. Once you release the item to the FCC for approval it enters the public domain and anyone can see it. By waiting until the last minute Apple cuts down on this peeping at their toy.

    The FCC approval is needed only on the 3G model because it transmits data as well as receives it over the Cell phone network The WiFi model only receives and transmits data in an extremely limited area. That is why the WiFi only model can be released earlier.

    This is a very crude explanation and I'm sure someone will correct the portions of it that need it.
  10. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Guessing because of the 3G antennas that require more tests and approvals..
  11. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    Actually the company can request that the product be kept out of public view. It's what Apple always does with their products.
  12. shelby77 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2010
    3G delay

    When I ordered mine (3G 64GB), I asked via CHAT why the delay, and he said it was due to AT&T needing extra time to get their networks ready. Could be BS, but given the impact all these iPads are going to have, it kinda made sense. I also asked if he could promise it would ship by end of April, as I have a trip I need it for, and he said he was confident it would ship end of April, but could not provide an exact date yet.
    (my 1st macrumors post - be kind! - I only own a 1st gen iPhone).
  13. marlys macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2009

    From a profit perspective, I would have thought they'd have produced the 3G versions first -- not only does the extra antenna not cost Apple $130 to add, but having roving wireless access would improve the experience of their customers and thus word of mouth sales. (Wifi is almost ubiquitous, but there's a fair number of public locations where it's flakey or nonexistent). So I'm inclined to believe the "AT&T Network Upgrade" theory.
  14. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    So? There's still only a few weeks difference.
  15. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I'd say business.

    Will keep the iPad on the front page longer and keep the rush going then if they both launched at the same time.
  16. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Just a helpful hint for the future:

    Posts with such poor non-discriptive titles are often an aggravation factor for a lot of people. I am sure lots of readers would be thankful if you were to choose a title that gave a hint what the topic was about.


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