iPad 2 Component Delivery Postponements: Detrimental Affects

Whilst the rest of the world still look on in disbelief over Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, with thousands upon thousands of human loss and landscapes of crushed buildings, there seems to have been a knock on effect within the tech world. Although the Apple iPad 2 officially launched last Friday, there have already been delivery delays, and if this isn’t enough for the company to deal with, then something else is about to hit them.

If the news from AppleInsider via iSuppli is anything to go by today, there may be a problem with getting hold of the components needed for the iPad 2. Suppliers are reported to have been left unscathed from the disaster in Japan, but the issue is actually sourcing the raw materials needed as well as staff shortages due to loss of public transport and getting the components transported globally.

According to one of iSuppli’s analysts Andrew Rassweiler he said, “While some of these suppliers reported that their facilities were undamaged, delivery of components from all of these companies is likely to be impacted at least to some degree by logistical issues now plaguing most Japanese industries in the quake zone.”

The iPad 2 components in question are as follows: electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, touchscreen overlay glass from Asahi Glass Co, system battery from Apple Japan Inc, DRAM by Elpida Memory Inc and NAND flash from Toshiba.

Firstly the DRAM and NAND flash can be found at various suppliers but the problem lies with the other 3 components that are really only found at the companies listed above. For instance, the glass found at Japan’s Asahi Glass is reported to be made from stronger materials than the first gen iPad tablet, therefore making the new “Dragontrail Glass Technology” the ideal option for Apple. As AppleInsider stated, the battery from Apple Japan Inc clearly states from the label that the item is assembled in China, although when delving a little closer it is in fact made in Japan.

Update: According to a later post on AppleInsider, it seems that Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn, has managed to stock up enough components to make up iPad 2’s for the next 2 to 3 weeks at which time stock may then run out.

What are your thoughts on this news? Were you lucky enough to get your iPad 2 when it was released?

  • David

    I cannot allow my childlike impatience for the arrival of this new toy to distract me from the epic human tragedy unfolding in Japan. No, I just hope they can get the important things restored to live their lives in some semblance of peace and order following this disaster. Most of all, I hope they can get their nuclear power facilites under some control and avert the potentially huge catastrophe that could cause.