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Foxconn: iPad on track, 600K due in March

updated 07:45 am EST, Wed March 3, 2010

Leak rebuffs Apple tablet shortage claim

Talk of an iPad shortage in March was rejected today in a reported leak from within Foxconn's own part suppliers. They claim that the components are on track and that Apple should get about 600,000 to 700,000 iPads in March, or at least twice as many as suggested by one Canaccord Adams analyst. The same sources also tell DigiTimes that 1 million of the tablets are expected in April and that they still expect Apple to launch the hardware on time.

Fears of a shortfall were originally sparked after talk of a possible but still unnamed glitch in production. The shortfall, if true, would risk delaying the entire launch schedule or else creating a longer-term shortage.

Delays have already been a rumored part of Apple's decision to ship the iPad in March and are often believed to have centered on the need for strong glass on the tablet's relatively large 9.7-inch display. The company has never said why the 3G version is shipping a month later, though Apple is known to stagger releases to avoid prolonged shortages.

Low supply has been a staple of the e-reader industry as the special needs of these displays make them harder to produce than regular notebook or cellphone screens, although these gaps have usually touched e-paper. Apple is one of the few to use more commonly available LCDs but is also depending on one of the largest multi-touch displays ever for a handheld.

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  1. Wingsy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005


    Can Ignore What I Didn't Believe in the First Plac

    So, I can safely ignore what I didn't believe in the first place, from an unnamed source over an unnamed glitch. Sounded like pure fabrication to me. Wonder if the perpetrator of the original rumor was short selling AAPL the day before the story ran.

  1. sammaffei

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    Joined: Sep 2004


    3G Delay because of pending FCC approval. No story here.

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    3G Delay?

    Don't see why the staggered 3G release is such a mystery. Apple don't want AT&T p*ssing in the punch at the launch party! Let the problems start after the hangover kicks in!

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Unnamed sources are always pushing FUD...

    None of the blogging sites should ever be believed about such vague rumors. It really doesn't matter anyway. The iPad will be ready when it is ready. Even if it were to be late or have reduced supplies, it's not going to seriously hurt demand. Even if the iPad sells well and produces spot shortages, there will be people saying that Apple is just playing the demand game to boost the hype.

  1. facebook_Andy

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    not surprised

    ehh can't say i'm surprised. Just history repeating itself. As long as they keep the vids coming then I really don't care. One of the more recent ones i found

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: unnamed sources

    None of the blogging sites should ever be believed about such vague rumors.

    You guys are funny. You'll bash one 'unnamed' source by using this 'proof', which is just another unnamed source.

    Oh, and a parts supplier is NOT going to know whether all part supplies are of equal quantity. So one supplier might be shipping 600,000 units, but that doesn't help if another is struggling to deliver half that.

    And they certainly won't know if it is Foxconn having issues.

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