Archive for April, 2011

April 21st, 2011 at 12:38 PM EST | by inu846W

iPad 2 Now Shipping in 1 to 2 Weeks From Apple.com

There’s been another update with iPad 2 shipments. If you order an iPad 2 online from apple.com, it will now ship to you within 1 to 2 weeks. Other countries like Mexico, Canada and Australia also share the same time frame for shipment as in the US.

As we’ve noted in previous articles over the past few weeks, the availability of the iPad 2 has been up and down with waiting periods for shipment being as much as 5 weeks just after the new tablet went on sale in March.

A few weeks ago the waiting time was at 3-4 weeks, and then soon after it dropped to 2-3 weeks. Apple appears to be producing more iPad 2s to supply the masses with the “tech crack” they so desperately desire.

Apple needs all the help it can get from various sources of iPad 2 components while the tablet is still selling like hot cakes. They just recently announced a partnership with Chimei Innolux Corp. which will be their third iPad touchscreen supplier. Everlight Electronics manufactures backlight components, which Apple is currently testing, and may become part of the list of suppliers for iPad 2 parts.

Toys R’ Us started selling iPad 2 last week as an addition to the several other retail outlets supplying new iPads to consumers.

AT&T updated its own shipping waiting period last week for iPad 2 orders made online to 10-15 business days. Supply is starting to meet demand, and more and more people are happy about that fact.

You can always use our “Buy iPad 2” resource page for information on retail store sales, links to purchase iPad 2 online and check real-time inventory for a few stores.

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April 20th, 2011 at 5:35 PM EST | by inu846W

Apple's 2nd Quarter Earnings Exceed Expectations Thanks to iPad 2

The closing bell has rang and Apple has released its 2nd quarter earnings report for 2011. Most analysts had agreed the tablet maker would report approximately a net income of $5.35 per share on $23.7 billion in sales. But with the continued success and demand for iPad 2, stockholders are grinning from ear to ear today…if it’s even possible their grins can be any wider.

Earnings Report

March qtr. revenue: $24.67 billion vs. $23.34 billion Street consensus, $24.86 high Street estimate, $25.34 billion “blogger” consensus, $25.7 billion “real” expectations (based on prior performance vs. guidance)

March qtr. EPS: $6.40 vs. $5.36 Street consensus, $5.98 high Street estimate, $6.33 “blogger” consensus, $7.06 “real” expectations (probably too high)

March qtr. iPad shipments: 4.69 million vs. 6.2 million Street consensus (via Piper Jaffray), 6.8 million “blogger” consensus

March qtr. iPhone shipments: 18.65 million vs. 16.6 million Street consensus (via Piper Jaffray), 18 million “blogger” consensus

March qtr. Mac shipments: 3.76 million 3.6 million Street consensus (via Piper Jaffray), 3.7 million “blogger” consensus

June qtr. revenue guidance: $23 billion vs. $23.8 billion Street consensus, $23.4 billion Piper Jaffray expectations

June qtr. EPS guidance: $5.03 $5.25 Street consensus, $4.73 Piper Jaffray expectations

iPad News Via: businessinsider.com

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April 20th, 2011 at 10:00 AM EST | by inu846W

Goldman Sachs: iPad Will Dominate for Years

It’s been just over a year since the first iPad tablet was launched. Now with the iPad 2 launch last month that saw even more hype and more demand than its predecessor, Apple’s tablet is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Sales have gone through the roof and continue to climb as high demand is prevalent across the country. Analysts at Goldman Sachs are now saying what is becoming obvious, Apple and the iPad will dominate the tablet market for the next two years at least.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom tablets are decent products, but have arrived too late to the game. They are worthy competitors, but to what degree? Goldman Sachs thinks they lack the luster overall to meet or exceed the iPad’s popularity in the coming years.

Goldman Sachs: iPad Will Dominate for Years 2

Researches at the firm expect Apple to claim at least 54 percent of the tablet market share in 2011 and 2012. If tablet competitors’ sales fall below their expectations, Apple may enjoy up to 74 percent of the tablet market share in 2011, and 71 percent in 2012. Goldman is leaning towards the latter figures with Apple holding onto more than 70 percent of the tablet market in the next two years.

“If we include tablets in our PC unit forecast, then our estimates suggest Apple’s combined iPad and Mac market share would reach 12 percent in 2011. This represents an incremental $8.7 billion in iPad gross profits for Apple, or more than the $6.0 billion in profits we expect the company to generate from the Mac business. Based on the current market share breakdown in the PC market, this could presumably make Apple one of the largest vendors in the combined PC and tablet market.”

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April 20th, 2011 at 7:58 AM EST | by inu846W

Looking to Buy an iPad 2? There's an App for That    Looking to Buy an iPad 2? There's an App for That 2

Our helpful “Buy iPad 2” page lists resources where you can find and purchase the iPad 2 online and at retail outlets. There are plenty of people still looking to buy the ever elusive iPad 2, but now there’s an app for that.

The FindOne app let’s you search locally for an iPad 2 at Target or Walmart stores. Developed by Debra L. Orton, this helpful app finds inventory from iPad 2 suppliers. More outlets like Best Buy and Toys R’ Us will be added soon to the search list.

You can search by model type, WiFi or 3G+WiFi. You’re also able to choose which carrier you’ll need for the 3G model, AT&T or Verizon. Other search options include memory, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB, and color choices of black or white.

Once your query is submitted, available stores near you are listed with the distance to them from your current location. Choosing a store location then gives you more information for that store such as address, hours, phone number, and type of iPad 2 model available.

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April 19th, 2011 at 3:15 PM EST | by inu846W

Another Touchscreen Supplier Added to iPad 2 Production

In an attempt to meet continued demand for iPad 2, Apple has added another touchscreen manufacturer to its list of component suppliers. Chimei Innolux Corp. will be the third touchscreen producer to supply iPad 2 touchscreens for Apple. TPK Holding Corp. and Wintek Corp. are the other two.

This new partnership means Apple is solidifying the relationship with its overseas manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group as Chimei Innolux Corp. is an affiliate of Foxconn.

Chimei is providing screens as well as touch sensors for iPad 2 and expects to start shipping components next month, according to DigiTimes.

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This announcement of Apple’s latest partnership comes on the heels of news about Apple testing LED backlights from a new source, Everlight Electronics.

2011 is expected to be a huge success for iPad 2 with shipments possibly reaching up to 45 million. Evidence of that can already be seen as high demand for the new tablet has been non-stop since its launch on March 11. Retail chains selling iPad 2 continue to have trouble keeping it in stock. ATT.com will ship the device within 10-15 business days and Apple.com will ship it within 2-3 weeks if purchasing online.

Keep up to date with iPad 2 sales information and real-time inventory checks for some locations on our “Buy iPad 2” page.

iPad News Via: appleinsider.com

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April 18th, 2011 at 10:47 AM EST | by inu846W

Apple Seeking Additonal LED Backlight Manufacturer

With the popularity of iPad 2 on par with that of Cabbage Patch dolls from the 80’s, Apple is looking to add another LED backlight maker to its list of manufacturers used to produce parts for the new tablet. High demand has resulted in limited stock available for purchase at stores across the world, and also long waiting periods to have iPad 2 shipped to you if you buy it online.

Sample of LED backlight products from Everlight Electronics have been delivered to Apple and are currently being tested. Should Apple decide to use another iPad 2 component producer, it’s likely they will meet estimated shipping amounts of 45 million units in 2011.

Everlight Electronics is a relatively large company with 6,400 employees based in Taiwan and offers its LED backlights to other tablet makers.

iPad News Via: appleinsider.com

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