Tikotzky had written a handy little widget that steered customers to the Apple Stores in or near their Zip Code most likely to have the newest iPhones and iPads in stock.
It also offered Apple (AAPL) watchers like me a rare window into how the company handles the delicate balance of supply and demand.
Well, it was fun while it lasted, as Tikotzky told visitors Tuesday:
Good Bye ☹
I've deciced to turn off the site. I'm not doing this because I want to, but rather because I received a DMCA takedown notice from Apple.
I'm not really interested in picking a fight with apple so..... I guess it time to just say good bye.
Before I go though I just wanted to says thanks to all of you for the nice comments and emails that you've sent in the last few weeks.
It was fun while it lasted.
Your Use of the Site. You may not use any "deep-link", "page-scrape", "robot", "spider" or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to access, acquire, copy or monitor any portion of the Site or any Content, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Site or any Content, to obtain or attempt to obtain any materials, documents or information through any means not purposely made available through the Site. Apple reserves the right to bar any such activity.
Below: The full text of Apple's takedown notice.
Too much demand or not enough iPads? You be the judge.
FORTUNE -- I'm fascinated by output of developer Mordy Tikotzky's latest widget: A Web tool at that displays the availability of iPad Airs at the 20 Apple (AAPL) stores nearest a given U.S. Zip Code.
If you're in the market for a new tablet, you can try it at Apple-Tracker.com.
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Thinner, faster, lighter, etc.
FORTUNE -- On Oct. 22, the day the iPad Air was unveiled, Apple (AAPL) handed out a bunch of review units.
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FORTUNE -- If you're the undisputed tablet market leader, how do you one-up yourself? Simple. With serious upgrades to the full-sized iPad and iPad Mini.
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FORTUNE -- If Apple is indeed planning to unveil a purse-size version of the iPad on Oct. 17, as at least one rumor has it, we would expect to be hearing leaks to that effect from Apple's (AAPL) Asian supply chain.
As if on cue, the Wall Street Journal's Lorraine Luk, citing unnamed people "with knowledge of the situation," reported Wednesday MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 3, 2012 8:01 AM ET
That would suggest an Oct. 17 unveiling with sales to begin in early November
FORTUNE -- This is a rumor we have no reason to believe except it comes from a major Apple (AAPL) investor who says he's heard it from "multiple sources."
According to our source, who asked not be named, there appears to be some truth to the widespread rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a smaller and cheaper MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2012 12:23 PM ET
Rethinking the key selling points of what we've been calling the iPad Mini
FORTUNE -- Daring Fireball's John Gruber, a blogger with unusually good sources at Apple (AAPL), has combined his own assumptions with what he's heard from his "little birdies" to draw the most complete picture yet of the purported iPad Mini.
"Mini" is what most Apple watchers -- including Wall Street analysts -- have been calling to the next iteration MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 15, 2012 7:20 AM ET
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