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In a curious development first noticed in Apple's European online stores yesterday, shipping estimates for many of Apple's products have suddenly been extended, suggesting low supplies of these models. The changes showed up in the U.S. online store as well today, indicating that the issues are not specific to the company's European distribution channel.

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Tightening supplies are sometimes an indicator of Apple drawing down existing inventory ahead of product refreshes, but the extended shipping estimates are showing up on nearly all of Apple's products, many of which are not expected to see an imminent refresh. Current shipping estimates in the U.S. online store include:

- iPhone 4: 1-3 business days
- iPad 2: 2-3 weeks
- iPod touch: 3-5 days (8 GB and 32 GB), 1-3 days (64 GB)
- iPod nano: 3-5 days
- iPod shuffle: 1-2 weeks
- iPod classic: 1-3 days
- Apple TV: 3-5 days

- MacBook Air: 3-5 days
- MacBook Pro: 3-5 days for all models except low-end 13-inch, which remains at 24 hours
- iMac: 3-5 days
- Mac Pro: 3-5 days for all models except 12-core, which is at 2-4 days

Only the Mac mini appears unaffected by the extended shipping times, with all stock configuration of the Mac mini continuing to ship within 24 hours, Apple's usual goal for order turnaround. Shipping estimates do occasionally increase on certain products from time, but this type of across-the-board increase is very unusual for Apple.

Article Link: Shipping Estimates Throughout Apple's Online Store Suddenly Rise
 

NutsNGum

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Supposedly it's maintenance, and it's been like that for several days. My order went from 24 hours to 2 days back to 1 day.

All the refurbs were mysteriously gone last time I checked, as well.

EDIT: UK store, obviously
 
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jimckimmel

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I'm guessing that it's iCloud related. iOS devices for iOS 5, MacOS items for Lion Update to support (have pre-installed) iCloud update...Should be coming soon, then...
 

basesloaded190

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I'm guessing that it's iCloud related. iOS devices for iOS 5, MacOS items for Lion Update to support (have pre-installed) iCloud update...Should be coming soon, then...

Don't really think iCloud has anything to do with shipping delay though.

Interesting nonetheless. Maybe just a glitch in the website.
 

MagicWok

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Tim Cook stamping his authoritay by updating the entire portfolio for his new leadership era. All to get 'By Tim Cook, Not Steve Jobs' laser engraved on the back/underside of each product.

Well, maybe not. But would be funny.
 

commander.data

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Nov 10, 2006
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I'm guessing that it's iCloud related. iOS devices for iOS 5, MacOS items for Lion Update to support (have pre-installed) iCloud update...Should be coming soon, then...
That would make sense. New iPods and changing Macs to come pre-installed with 10.7.2. Perhaps in the next 2 weeks.
 

Sodner

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I'm guessing that it's iCloud related. iOS devices for iOS 5, MacOS items for Lion Update to support (have pre-installed) iCloud update...Should be coming soon, then...

This seems like a possible reason. Need to update OS X with the iCould software on all machine types.
 

iDemiurge

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Feb 7, 2011
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Could only be one thing. Apple is going back to the basics and will stop selling everything except the mac mini, which they'll rebrand Macintosh III, and the macbook pro 13", which they'll call "Macintosh III Portable" :p That or some scheduled maintenance.
 

Frankied22

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I just ordered a refurb high end 15" MBP and a pair of headphones yesterday with expedited shipping. My items just arrived. No problem here.
 

bertyao

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Sep 18, 2007
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diverting to China

Maybe it's all going to China cause it selling really well there.
 

vincebio

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well we know that Apple were planning an entirely new product catagory again...and this is it.

Its called the 'i' and its all products in one thin form.

either that or tim's pulling Apple out of computers altogether and going with patent trolling....
 
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