updated 08:55 pm EDT, Thu March 31, 2011
Apple runs low on original iPads in clearance
Apple showed the first signs it was running entirely dry of original iPads on Thursday after the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad disappeared from the online Apple Store. Neither the clearance nor refurb sections show the basic model. Only 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi capacities exist alongside the 3G models, and the clearance section now only has 3G models.
The price likely had the biggest role to play in the stockout. Once on sale, the original iPad sold for as little as $349, $150 below its original asking price. Without it, Apple's least expensive iPad is the 32GB Wi-Fi refurb at $429.
That Apple has taken nearly a month to clear stock of old iPads has been a minor surprise, but the popularity of the iPad 2 may have led many to consider paying a premium for the brand new tablet over the discounted model. Buyers hunting down the new model still face a three- to four-week wait online or else long lines at retail. [via Macgasm]