Apple Delays iPad 2 Shipments to 1-2 Weeks in US Post Foxconn Fire; Apple Store 2.0 Opens

by Mies Larsen on May 23, 2011

The fire that broke out at Foxconn, Chengdu on May 20 was tragic, resulting in 2 deaths and 16 casualties. For those who don’t know, Foxconn is Apple’s iPad 2 manufacturing plant. While there is no indication that the two incidents are related, the fire has been followed by shipping period of the iPad 2 going up to 1-2 weeks from 3-5 business days in the US.

Foxconn has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons – string of suicides, product leaks, poor working conditions, and now the fire. There hasn’t been any official news from Apple in this regard but production would unavoidably be affected by the accident.

Meanwhile, Apple Store 2.0 has gone live in Australia to mark the 10th anniversary of Apple Retail Stores. The main attractions are the interactive iPad displays that are running on an iOS or web app. Customers can interact with iPads at kiosk-like terminals and get product information, prices, run feature comparisons, and request help from a store specialist.
 
The “Retail 2.0″ stores have opened up in US too.
 
The iPad mini-kiosks are a great way for customers to get a feel of the iPad while getting the information they need. Good marketing move from Apple.
 
[via 9To5Mac]

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MC May 26, 2011 at 5:01 am

Wish 1 to 2 weeks was the case. Ordered for our school on May 3 with a ship date of May 24. Just got an email that the ship date has moved to June 9th with a delivery of June 15. Feel we have been bumped for a higher priority – although we have ordered a total of 7. Last year I had to cancel an order because it was delayed and not delivered within the budget year deadline. Looks like we may be I’m the same situation this year. Who do we appeal to?

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