iPad 2 and iPhone 4 shortages expected due to Japan earthquake

Discussion in 'iPad' started by zenio, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    "Two of Apple’s component suppliers, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co and Toshiba, have reportedly shut down some of their operations in Japan in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, this could result in shortages of Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4 in March, through the rest of the first quarter, and into June."

  2. Krandor macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2010
    If that is true and it does affect production I bet we will see the global launch date pushed back.
  3. stringbeanie macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    Southern California
    Don't start a panic


    Potentially helping to mitigate the affect of this month's natural disaster is Apple's strategic component purchasing deals, which have seen the company secure long-term supply arrangements (1, 2, 3, 4) for key components such as flash memory and displays from multiple vendors in order to create a layer of protection and redundancy that kicks in during situations such as these.

    The demand and gray market are the real problems with getting ahold of the iPad2.
  4. Virtute macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2011
    Niagara, Canada
    Apple is already stockpiling for the international launch date. It's only eight days away, so there's no way they couldn't be. I think that's why there's a shortage of AT&T models arriving at American Apple stores, because every other country needs the GSM models.

    I do think it's possible, however, that they will cut down on the number of countries that it's launching in, but I don't think they'll just scrap the international launch altogether.
  5. macking104 macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2003
    California, USA
    http://www.digitimes.com has good information on component manufacturers affected by earthquake/tsunami

    Toshiba produces about 35% of the NAND/Flash memory used in tablets... they had production problems before the quake... and after.

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