Shipping dates tightened Wednesday from 2-3 weeks to 1-2 weeks
Wouldn't you know that two days after my iPad 2 finally arrived -- nearly a month after it was ordered -- the ship times on Apple's (AAPL) online store tightened to 1-2 weeks, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Within hours of the product's launch, customers who bought their iPad 2s online had to wait 4-5 weeks.
Whether the improvements are due to improved supply or slackening demand is a matter of speculation. But given that there are still lines every morning in front of New York City's Apple Stores, the former seems a lot more likely.
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A gun battle in a California Apple Store leaves one suspect dead -- a first for Apple
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It can feel like a cult, he says. And behind the scenes, it's "all sell, sell, sell!"
Apple's (AAPL) 46,600 employees tend to like where they work, and it's rare that one talks out of school.
But in the current issue of Popular Mechanics, of all places, an Apple retail store employee talks candidly -- if anonymously -- about what's going on behind those whoops, hollers and high-fives.
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