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Japan Earthquake May Affect iPad 2 Production : iSuppli

The disaster that struck Japan last month may have a long lasting effect on the supply chain of a number of electronics devices with the iPad 2 being the one likely to be most affected in the short term.

Component analyst (and teardown fan) IHS Suppli said at at least five components of the iPad 2 are manufactured by Japanese suppliers.

These include the battery, the touchscreen glass, the electronic compass as well as the memory and the flash although Apple sources the last two from a number of manufacturers.

iSuppli said in a press statement that "While some of these suppliers reported that their facilities were undamaged, delivery of components from all of these companies is likely to be impacted at least to some degree by logistical issues now plaguing most Japanese industries in the quake zone,"

The aftermath of the initial earthquake saw a number of other smaller earthquakes hitting Japan, some of which caused the manufacturing equipment in factories to shut down automatically.

Apple is already facing serious shipping delays for the iPad 2 with the US online store now showing a turnaround of more than one month. The iPad 2 will go on sale in the UK on the 25th of March and was supposed to go on sale in Japan, which accounts for 6 per cent of Apple's sale.