Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan Earthquake May Delay iPad 2 Production

Photo from AppAdvice.

As a lot of you guys know Japan was recently hit by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake which caused tsunamis which killed a lot of people. You may be asking what this has to do with the production of the iPad 2 right?

Apparently the iPad 2's battery and flash memory is made in Japan. Production at many Japanese manufacturing facilities has come to a halt following Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which has left more than 5,600 people dead and destroyed swaths of the country.

Apple launched the iPad 2 in the United States last week to strong demand, with many stores selling out of the device and analysts estimating that the company sold 1 million units during the weekend. The predicted wait time for the iPad 2 used to be 4-5 weeks. Although Apple denies commenting on how the earthquake will affect the production, most likely the wait time will be extended due to the halt on the production of the batteries and flash memory.

On Tuesday, Apple said it would delay the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan as "the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster." An Apple spokeswoman told Reuters the decision to delay sales had nothing to do with any component shortages.

Apple may make plans with other companies to produce the missing components to shorten the delay on the iPads.

Anyways guys, if you have not yet donated please help contribute to this natural disaster by donating to the American Red Cross through Amazon. It is what God want's you to do! :) The Japanese people is in serious need of food, shelter, and potassium iodide (to help lower the intake of radioactive iodine).
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