Apple products are almost always hard to come by soon after their launch. People queue up at stores, place pre-orders, and sometimes wait days or weeks for their latest iGadget. According to the latest story by DigiTimes, the iPad 3 won't put that trend to rest... in fact, the device may be uniquely difficult to find at first.
The site says it's learned from "industry sources in the supply chain" that Apple "may [be] unable to ramp up the supply of its next-generation iPads . . . due to insufficient supply of high resolution displays." Reportedly, Apple has tapped three companies—Sharp, LG, and Samsung—to provide the 9.7", 2048x1536 panels for the device, but it's still not getting enough of them.
Worse still, the site suggests that, because of panel availability issues, iPad 3 shipments will only "start gaining momentum" next quarter. Whether that means early next month, late June, or somewhere in between, it doesn't say. DigiTimes nonetheless cites a failure by the "whole supply chain" to "substantially ramp up the supply of QXGA panels."
And here I was hoping to snag one of those at launch (provided Apple doesn't charge too much of a premium for it, of course). Oh well. At least there might be a silver lining to all of this, though: impulse buy prevention.