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iPad 2 Production Shortages Due to LCD and Speaker Issues?

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Dow Jones Newswires reports on comments from research firm IHS iSuppli noting that Apple's surprisingly low iPad shipments for the first quarter of 2011 were in fact due to production issues, primarily related to display and speaker production problems.Apple's first-quarter supply of the iPad 2 fell far short of demand, according to the researcher, saying production faced manufacturing difficulties, which combined with strong demand, led to short supplies of the device. The issues, according to sources, include quality concerns with liquid crystal display panels and production shortages of the new speaker.The report plays down any potential impact from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, noting that Apple executives were quickly on-site in Japan to secure the necessary components. Shortages do still exist, however, and Apple may be continuing to experience some tightness in its production lines even as it has agreed to increase the prices it pays to suppliers in order to ensure a steady flow of parts.

Based on the light first quarter iPad sales and lingering production capacity issues, IHS iSuppli has lowered its 2011 iPad shipment forecast by nearly 10%, from 43.7 million units to 39.7 million units. The firm had boosted its projection to that 43.7 million figure back in October 2010 as it responded to booming demand for the first-generation models.

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kenliles

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iSuppli - these were the same guys originating the story that supply issues were due to Japan catastrophe. They are just saving face in light of Apple quarterly report. When the truth comes out again next quarter, they'll adjust to it again... and so it goes...

ken
 
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kavika411

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I'm not particularly surprised to hear there are display shortages. Display shortages appear to be a chronic issue. I am, however, surprised about the speaker shortage. I don't remember hearing that be a hold-up with an Apple product before. Do we know much about the new iPad 2 speaker? I've assumed that Apple doesn't care much about the internal speaker, and assumed it would pick something simple, cheap and not in high demand. Perhaps I'm mistaken.
 
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Tara Davis

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I'm not particularly surprised to hear there are display shortages. Display shortages appear to be a chronic issue. I am, however, surprised about the speaker shortage. I don't remember hearing that be a hold-up with an Apple product before. Do we know much about the new iPad 2 speaker? I've assumed that Apple doesn't care much about the internal speaker, and assumed it would pick something simple, cheap and not in high demand. Perhaps I'm mistaken.

I frequently use my 1st-gen iPad as a sort of "TV for every other room of the house" thanks to NetFlix streaming, so having a decent speaker has turned out to actually be more important that I would have suspected when I bought it.
 
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bassfingers

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These shortages may actually increase sales slightly in the long run because people view it as a rare/privileged item to own. I still haven't seen one in the wild
 
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freeman727

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I just put an order for an iPad 2 in this Monday. I won't mind a delay if that means that I will get a more uniform screen with less backlight bleed.
 
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ugahairydawgs

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Sure it is just a coincidence that there seems to ALWAYS be some sort of component shortage issue that causes supply constraints on iOS devices at launch.
 
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freeman727

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These shortages may actually increase sales slightly in the long run because people view it as a rare/privileged item to own. I still haven't seen one in the wild

I was at a review course in NC last week. Of a room of 300 people, I saw at least 25 iPad 2's.

It has to do with the place you look for them, in an urban setting where people are sitting for extended period of time (e.g. Starbucks and B&N) you'll see a lot of iPad 2's.
 
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japanime

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You gotta love this:

Apple executives were quickly on-site in Japan to secure the necessary components.

We're here in Japan dealing one of the most significant natural disasters of the past century, yet business-as-usual goes on.

I'm not being sarcastic and condescending either — I seriously mean it. You gotta love capitalism. It really keeps the world moving forward.
 
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hcho3

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So, apple sold 5 million ipad 2s in Q2. These greedy and idiot people were expecting 7 million.

iPad 2 was only available for like 3 weeks before Q2 ended. Apple said they were making them as fast as they can. Obviously, Apple is not a god and they cannot be just unaffected by this japan's disaster with components.
 
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Piggie

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Well I have seen that most iPad2's do have a glow in the dark screen problem.
Radiation?
 
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sjwk

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Let's just hope Apple don't do something daft to antagonize one of their large component suppliers like suing them. Oh, wait...
 
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TheOrioles33

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So, apple sold 5 million ipad 2s in Q2. These greedy and idiot people were expecting 7 million.

iPad 2 was only available for like 3 weeks before Q2 ended. Apple said they were making them as fast as they can. Obviously, Apple is not a god and they cannot be just unaffected by this japan's disaster with components.

Why are they greedy idiots? We're the ones buying their products.

In other news, I went into a Walmart last week and they had 1 iPad 2, 32GB, Wifi in stock. Needless to say I grabbed it. handed down my iPad 1 to the wife. :)
 
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coder12

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The demand was short because so many people wanted it. That's the only reason. If nobody wanted it the demand would not have been short no matter how many production faults there were, I can guarantee. :rolleyes:

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Well I have seen that most iPad2's do have a glow in the dark screen problem.
Radiation?
None of the 1000 I've used so far have had anything like that, no bleeds or 'nothin! They seem just like the 1's screens in all colors and brightnesses. It sounds like I may be very lucky :p


Or in circles anyway.
Car tires move in circles, as do jet engines, but they bring us hundreds of miles ;) Adam Smith and John Nash were smart guys on capitalism, and I like it :)
 
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lazyrighteye

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I was at a review course in NC last week. Of a room of 300 people, I saw at least 25 iPad 2's.

It has to do with the place you look for them, in an urban setting where people are sitting for extended period of time (e.g. Starbucks and B&N) you'll see a lot of iPad 2's.

The only one I have seen, in the wild, was a white one the lane over at a bowling alley this past Sunday.
 
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Piggie

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None of the 1000 I've used so far have had anything like that, no bleeds or 'nothin! They seem just like the 1's screens in all colors and brightnesses. It sounds like I may be very lucky :p

You have used 1000 iPad2's and none of them have had any screen bleed issues.

OMG...... LOL
 
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