iPad UK shortages were always on the cards after iPad UK launch queues. Now if you’ve been waiting to snap up your very own Apple tablet you could be in for a wait. New shipping dates on the Apple site and reports from antsy Apple fans suggest the UK could be suffering an iPad drought until the middle of June. It’s like the tech equivalent of a hose pipe ban…
In his announcement last week heralding iPad sales of two million and counting, Steve Jobs seemed to be warning about impending iPad shortages. He said Apple was “working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.” It seems they still need to crank up production.
Last week, the Apple Store was showing iPad 3G orders as shipping in June with iPad Wi-Fi models arriving within 3 to 5 days. Now all iPad UK orders have an estimated arrival of 7 to 10 days slapped on them. That suggests we’re facing an iPad UK shortage until June 17.
We’ve received reports that Apple isn’t fulfilling iPad UK preorders through its Business Store and that the flagship Apple Store in Regent Street has been sold out of iPad 3G models since last Tuesday. UK Best Buy Stores have also shifted all their iPads.
We contacted Apple UK. Though they didn’t explicitly acknowledge a iPad UK shortage or offer up a definitive date for fresh stock, an Apple spokesperson said: “Demand for the iPad has been off the charts. We are working hard to get iPads into customers’ hands as quickly as possible.”
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