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iPad Delays Due To Software Issues Claims Apple Oracle

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 here.

Our Comments

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.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.