It looks like demand for the iPad is still outstripping supply – almost everywhere you turn. There are numerous reports this week that nearly all US retail outlets are sold out of the iPad 3G models, and only very few even have WiFi model available.
This weekend we have further news that shipping dates for new international orders are moving back again. Initial international pre-orders are scheduled to ship on May 28th – but for those who waited a little bit to order, the news is not great:
The first batch of orders had ship dates of May 28th. Then, a couple days after the May 10th pre-order date, ship dates were moved back to June 7th.
Now, the Apple website shows a pre-order ship date of just “June”.
The US Buy Now page lists 7-10 days as the shipping timeframe. Here’s hoping Apple finds a way to flip it up a gear on the supply side of things soon.
Via: iPad in Canada
As has been reported all over the web recently, a study by Retrevo has shown that far less people are interested in buying an iPad when asked after the launch event than before the announcement.
John Gruber at Daring Fireball has pointed out that Retrevo’s take may want to be taken with quite a few grains of salt, as they also produced a study back in August that had MacBooks doing badly against netbooks, which proved way off the mark.
Another bit of good news for potential iPad sales – apparently there’s big demand for it in Norway, according to a report at iLounge today:
Resellers Apple House and Humac in Norway have been forced to close pre-sales of the iPad due to high demand. iPod1 reports (Translated Link) that despite the fact that neither pricing nor an official release date has been announced, Apple House has already received a four-digit number of advance orders, with the 64GB, 3G-enabled version being the most popular. Humac made a similar claim in its order-halting explanation, saying its seen “crazy interest” and will contact customers already in the queue as soon as it knows anything more.
What do you all think? What’s the vibe among your family / friends / colleagues? Lack of interest or crazy about it and ready to move to Norway?