Delays to the iPad release date might have been caused by the complex software platform rather than more problematic manufacturing ones at its OEM/ODM partners in Taiwan.
John Gruber from Daring Fireball, a man who is known for his great sources in Apple itself, reports that some little bird in Cupertino told him that the new iPhone OS 3.2 and the slew of applications that accompany it might be the cause of the delay actually.
One week delay might not be a big thing given the fact that Windows 7 or the grand daddy of them all, Duke Nukem Forever, have been postponed by months or even years.
But The Inquirer points to the fact that it is puzzling that "something as basic as an upgrade to the Iphone OS is still not ready". This could point out to a deeper issue associated with one component that should have been ready a long time ago but isnt.
Now, Taiwanese news outlet Digitimes is also reporting that the iPad could cause demand for NAND flash to be significantly higher than suppy. Apple has already managed to corner around 30 percent of the global NAND Flash output.
You can follow the whole Apple iPad coverage on ITProPortal.com here.
Flash (and component) production is the only piece of the puzzle that's outside Apple's complete control and the delay might be what Apple needs to secure enough Flash supply for its iPad. Expect Apple to be big enough one day to buy the likes of TSMC to build as much Flash memory as it needs.