Apple may still be facing problems with tight supplies for the iPad 2 as South Korea’s two major carriers, SK Telecom and KT Corp, announced that they were forced to suspend online sales of the iPad 2 due to “depleted inventory.” According to Reuters, Korean operators are heavily betting on iPad 2 that went on sale in South Korea last week, as well as smartphones and tablets in general – seen as an incredibly profitable source of income due to data expansion and mobile Internet traffic.
Our iPad 2 inventory has been depleted and we apologize for failing to provide enough supplies due to the product’s global supply shortages,” SK Telecom said in a posting on its website.
The companies declined to reveal sales.
The release of the iPad 2 in additional Asian countries (including Hong Kong and Singapore) was originally announced in March. Recently, Apple has been reportedly facing supply issues with key iPad 2 components due to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami that affected many manufacturers and facilities the company relies on, although at the Q2 2011 earnings call Apple COO Tim Cook confirmed that pre-payment deals and outstanding teamwork from Apple will ensure a steady flow of supplies and iPad 2 shipments throughout the quarter. The iPad 2 still reports waiting times of 1-2 weeks in most Apple online stores (including South Korea), but it’s the first time we hear a carrier had to suspend online sales due to high demand and tight supplies.