updated 05:15 pm EDT, Sat August 28, 2010
Apple gets iPad shipping down to same day
Apple on Saturday quietly shortened the shipping times for new iPads on the Apple Store to 24 hours. Every model now ships within a day after it was ordered and follows just a few days after ship times shrank to a few days earlier the same week. It's unclear if Apple retail stock has caught up, but other international stores also show the reduced lead time.
The moment marks the first in the five months of iPad availability that Apple can reasonably expect to keep up with demand and supports notions that Apple has had to step up production to guarantee healthy supply. The popularity of the tablet has been enough that Apple reportedly sub-contracted Samsung to help make the 9.7-inch multi-touch displays after LG Display's factories weren't enough.
Apple won't reveal how many iPads it has shipped in the summer until its quarterly results arrive in October, but the same if unverified rumors could have Apple shipping as many as 7.5 million iPads in a quarter, or twice as much as what it delivered in the spring. Both Android and Windows tablets are expected to pale in comparison, as Samsung may make just 300,000 Galaxy Tabs a quarter while the combined Windows tablet PC market could reach just 1.25 million for the whole year.