Apple is busy in setting up app store, enhancing the promos for iPad and bringing-in international audience on the same page. However, it might not be able to meet even the domestic demand for iPad on-time. The manufacturing is outsourced to a Taiwanese company which is now manufacturing 500k devices a month. The original target was 1,000k and till last month it was manufacturing only 300k units.
The demand side is skewed and the supply might just not be enough. The gap between demand and supply might have negative implications on business. Prospective customers may turn to competitor brands in quest to own an electronic slate and power their daily operations in a smarter way.
Hp’s electronic slate is expected to hit global markets by September, 2010. Apple must either increase their manufacturing capacities by increasing plants or find other feasible ways to meet the global demand. One of the smart things done by Apple in order to meet the storming demand is by announcing a phased launch of iPad in US, Canada, UK and other major markets.
Other lucrative markets such as Asia and Far East are still unspoken off. Apple should take stock of the situation and release the product earlier in these territories to gain more.