Unable to fill U.S. orders, it will make the device unavailable in 25 more countries on Friday
Last week, for reasons I'd rather not examine too closely, I spent the better part of an hour waiting outside an Apple retail outlet in center city Philadelphia only to be told, 50 minutes before the store was scheduled to open, that its promised overnight shipment of iPad 2s had not arrived.
It was an early-morning scene that has been repeated nearly every day for the past 10 days at most of Apple's 236 U.S. retail stores. Yet despite this, and despite the fact that Apple's online store shows iPad shipping delays of 4 to 5 weeks, the company announced Tuesday that it's going ahead with the iPad 2's scheduled launch Friday in 25 more countries.
"We're experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it," said Steve Jobs in a prepared statement. "We appreciate everyone's patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."
According to Apple's (AAPL) press release, the iPad 2 will be available Friday in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.
Just don't expect there to be enough units in stock for you to actually buy one.
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As mobile companies meet in Spain for their annual congress, Apple hijacks the show
The most exciting thing about a big tech industry gathering, goes the cynical reporter joke, is that you know Apple (AAPL) is going to leak something to the Wall Street Journal to keep themselves in the news.
And sure enough, on the eve of the annual Mobile World Congress, which opened Monday in Barcelona, a story appeared on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 14, 2011 6:28 AM ET
Continuing the expansion of its overseas retail empire, Apple (AAPL) chose Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, as the site of its first Apple Store in Spain.
Despite the famous Catalan reserve, the opening Saturday in La Maquinista mall was the usual madhouse of winding queues, whooping staffers and over-caffeinated customers (fueled by trays of free espresso).
"I'm in love with this store," proclaims a young enthusiast in one of the videos posted MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 6, 2010 7:30 AM ET
In a break with its pattern of partnering with the largest provider in every international market it enters, Apple (AAPL) has cut an iPhone deal with Tokyo-based Softbank (SFT.F), Japan's No. 3 wireless provider with 18.77 million subscribers. The news came Wednesday in a Softbank press release that's even more terse than usual:
SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple® to bring the iPhone™ to Japan MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 4, 2008 6:01 AM ET
What's going on with the iPhone on the Iberian peninsula?
Although it's the corporate home of Telefonica, S.A., (TEF) one of the world's largest telecommunications conglomerates (it owns, among other carriers, Britain's O2), Spain hadn't received official word of a signed deal with Apple (AAPL) until early this morning, when a press release and an iPhone pre-registration link appeared on the home page of Movistar, the local Telefonica subsidiary.
Then, a few MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 2, 2008 9:49 AM ET
Hats off to Silicon Alley Insider for their continued coverage of the overseas iPhone market.
Last week, Henry Blodget plucked a pseudonymous post from a New York Times comment stream and re-published what may be the smartest analysis to date of what's driving the extraordinary demand for iPhones overseas, especially in emerging markets (see "Tantrum" here).
Today, Dan Frommer treats us to an informal survey of the going rate for those iPhones MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 8, 2008 2:25 PM ET
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