iPad 2 sales hurt by Q1 production shortages

If you think it's hard to get your hands on an Apple iPad 2 now, gird up your loins: It's likely to get harder.

A range of manufacturing issues led to a shortfall in iPad shipments in Q1, according to a story by Dow Jones Newswires. Market researcher IHS iSuppli has cut its iPad forecast for the year by about almost 10%.

FIRST LOOK: Apple iPad 2

Reporting its Q1 earnings this week, Apple said it sold 4.7 million iPads during that period. "The sales were lighter than expected, a sentiment echoed by Apple executives who expressed frustration the company didn't produce enough devices to meet demand," according to Dow Jones.

IHS iSuppli originally forecast iPad sales of 43.7 million for all models in 2011. It's now dropped that to 39.7 million. That's because, the research firm says, Apple ran into problems with the quality of liquid crystal display panels, and shortages for the speaker in the iPad 2 tablet computer.

These problems were not related to the March earthquake and tidal wave, according to IHS iSuppli. But the research firm says Apple could face later this year quake-related supply issues that would prevent it from boosting iPad production.

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/johnwcoxnww

Email: john_cox@nww.com

Blog RSS feed: http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/2989/feed

Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Configuration / maintenanceApplePCNetworkingiSuppliwirelesshardware systemsiPad shortagesData Center

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Cox

Network World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?