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5G iPod supply limited by component constraints?

Following Apple’s announcement yesterday that more than 1 million videos have been downloaded from iTunes, BusinessWeek reports that demand for the video-enabled fifth-generation iPod may be outstripping supply.

“Apple hasn’t yet said how many of the new players it has sold since the units started shipping Oct. 17, but clues are mounting that there simply aren’t enough around,” says BusinessWeek’s Arik Hesseldahl. “It’s taking Apple between five and seven business days to fill online orders for the video iPod, according to the company’s Web site.”

Component constraints are reportedly to blame for shipping delays with the 5G iPod and iPod nano. iSuppli analyst Vinita Jakhanwal says that the component is probably a light-emitting diode backlight used to brighten the iPod’s screen. “They’re going into iPods, but they’re also going into cell phones,” Jakhanwal says. “The lead times for these backlights has gotten longer in recent weeks.”

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Comments

1

5 to 7 days? Try 13 days, and I ordered on the first day.

Posted by mrogers on November 1, 2005 at 8:52 AM (PDT)

2

i was v. impressed, they quoted 11-14 days, but it arrived after 4, and that was over a weekend as well!!!

Posted by jonathan francis on November 1, 2005 at 9:12 AM (PDT)

3

we ordered ours from apple the first day the were available for preorder got ours on the day they shipped to the public whew thank god for pre planning

Posted by tesla103 on November 1, 2005 at 9:34 AM (PDT)

4

they are out of the black 30G or 60G everywhere in Manhattan.  I was not going to get one but once i saw the store demo with the beautiful screen, i gotta get one to add to my 5 other ipods, anyone want to get a 3G or shuffle?

Posted by khyberny on November 1, 2005 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

5

I’ve received mine (30 GB white) last week. It was ordered the day Steve annouced it. It’s a great product, way better than my 2nd generation one.

Posted by Steph on November 1, 2005 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

6

Ordered my 60gig white (no engraving) on Friday (Oct. 28) and right now the estimated shipping date is Nov. 8. I was hoping it’d be sooner, but it sounds likely to be later. :(

Posted by Hrothgar on November 1, 2005 at 11:04 AM (PDT)

7

Doesn’t sound like there is a supply problem to me.  I ordered my 30gig white engraved iPod yesterday and the confirmation email had an estimated shipping date of Nov. 9.  Well, I just got an email that my iPod shipped today!

Posted by Melinda on November 1, 2005 at 11:32 AM (PDT)

8

can apple ever get their shiat together as far as estimating demand.  articles like these are getting funnier and funnier.

Posted by wmurch3 on November 1, 2005 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

9

Signed up for a white 60GB at the Apple Store on a Friday…got a call the very next Monday that they had one with my name on it.  Purdy slick service, if y’all ask me.

BTW, that same Apple Store had quite a few black AND white 5Gs in both sizes in stock TONIGHT.  Seems the retailers (including Apple’s own stores) are starting to get priority on supply?  Maybe?

Posted by flatline response on November 1, 2005 at 11:34 PM (PDT)

10

I ordered mine less than a week ago.. it took two days to ship and it is siting infront of me right now. smile

Posted by Cory on November 2, 2005 at 8:42 PM (PDT)

11

I’ll definitely be ordering mine in a few months after they get the case defect resolved…

Posted by chv on November 2, 2005 at 9:55 PM (PDT)

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