iPad 2 Shipments May Experience Shortfall

Apple is expected to continue struggling with iPad 2’s overwhelming demand throughout this year, it has been predicted.

Market watcher iSuppli has reduced its forecast for iPad 2 shipments for this year by around 9 percent after Apple failed to meet the device’s demand in the first quarter of 2011.

According to an article on Bloomberg, iSuppli expects Apple to ship around 39.7 million iPad tablet computers this year, down from the 43.7 million it had estimated earlier.

The cut in the forecast comes as Apple failed to meet iPad production targets in the first quarter of 2011. The company said that Apple failed to meet the demand owing to issues faced in the device’s LCD displays and shortage of speakers.

The Bloomberg article also said that iSuppli believes that iPad 2 shipments were not affected by the Japanese earthquake in the first quarter but said that the situation might change in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, PC World on the contrary is reporting that Apple has reduced the iPad 2 shipping time to one-to-two weeks from two-to-three weeks in its UK and US online stores.