SK Telecom and KT, South Korea’s largest carriers have stopped online sales of the iPad 2 after just one week. Why? The demand was too great and they could not supply enough devices.
SK Telecom released a message on their website saying: “Our iPad 2 inventory has been depleted and we apologize for failing to provide enough supplies due to the product’s global supply shortages.”
This should come as no surprise if we take into account that other iPad 2 launches have been followed by stock shortages and that the global supply is so scarce.
Apple officials are reassuring their customers that the company is working at full speed to bring as many devices as possible to the market in the shortest time possible. I don't know about you, but despite their efforts I find it difficult to believe that such hold ups and stock depletion can be avoided in the future. The demand is just too great and the supply too scarce. If Apple anticipated such high sales, why didn't it have the manufacturing capacity in place?
Impatient buyers, never-ending lines… does that sound familiar? The iPad 2 still seems to face a problem that many manufacturers would love to have – overwhelming high demand. In the countries where iPad 2 was launched earlier the shipping time is now below 2 weeks.