Rumor: Foxconn Production Problems Mean Long Lines at iPad Launch

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An analyst is reporting that "an unspecified production problem at the iPad's manufacturer, Hon Hai Precision, will likely limit the launch region to the US and the number of units available to roughly 300K."

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Analysts make poofy, speculative claims that we ignore all the time, but Canccord Adams' Peter Misek here is reporting that there is an actual "unspecified production problem" happening at Foxconn (the prettier name for Taiwanese manufacturer Hon Hai Precision) resulting in a "manufacturing bottleneck." Of course, it's possible he's still wrong, and a million iPads will flow freely later this month (ooo, is it March already?).

But a high-demand, low-supply launch wouldn't be the worst thing in the world either. It certainly wouldn't be unprecedented; Christ knows, Amazon and Nintendo that strategy milked it for years. [AppleInsider, Image via Jalopnik]

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nachobel TOTORO!

I'm thinking a run of 300,000 units is going to be adequate for demand. I mean, it took Amazon [techcrunch.com] to sell that many Kindles.

I wonder what sort of person is going to buy this device - will they already have a kindle/nook and think this will do that job better? Or is it people sans laptop who really enjoy the iPod Touch? Apple-type people who spend lots of time at home sitting around but not wanting to use a desktop/laptop or watch anything on their TV?

I wonder if Apple does demographic studies/surveys.