February 4, 2013
Shipping Times For iPad Mini Now Down To One To Three Days
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Good news to anyone looking to receive an iPad mini as quickly as they can and don´t live near an Apple store: The smaller iPad now ships in the US in 1 to 3 days. Previously, iPad mini shipped in an estimated 3 to 5 days.According to MacRumors, European customers are also getting their new iPads much quicker with lead times of 3 to 5 days. As recently as last week, these customers were told they could wait for 2 weeks before their new iPads would ship. Elsewhere in the world, shipping estimates seem to have settled around 3 to 5 business days.
This improved ship time could be attributed to lesser demand, better production practices in China, or a combination of the two. As is often the case with new Apple products, an immediate surge in demand quickly pushed estimated shipping times from days to weeks.
For example, it only took 1 hour for demand to drive shipping times of all white, Wi-Fi only models to 2 weeks when the company first began taking pre-orders for their newest tablet. As you may remember, the iPad mini arrived in 2 waves: The Wi-Fi only model first, the Wi-Fi + Cellular option a few weeks later on November 21, or slightly earlier in some cases.
Tim Cook addressed some of the dissonance between demand in shipment times in the most recent earnings call which, despite strong numbers, sent stocks plummeting.
“We believe that we can achieve supply/demand balance on iPad mini later this quarter,” said Cook, speaking to analysts and investors.
“We did have significant shortages due to robust demand on both iPad mini and both models of the iMac that persisted the entire quarter, and we are still short of both of those today, as a matter of fact.”
Cook also mentioned that he hopes to strike a demand/supply balance by the end of the current quarter.
While this news is certainly welcome to those who have finally decided to pull the trigger and are eager to receive their shiny new tablets in the mail, there is the sense that many more are giving the tablet a pass until the rumored iPad mini with Retina display is released, possibly this fall.
Last week, Apple surprised us all by announcing a brand new, 4th generation iPad with 128 GB of storage. Other than having twice the storage capacity of the previous largest iPad, this new tablet is expected to be identical to the current 4th gen iPad. This new high-capacity iPad is aimed at professionals and will be available tomorrow, February 5.