Over the past few days, Apple has altered some of the shipping times on their branded iPad accessories. First we noticed the iPad case making a slight shift from April 3rd to Mid-April. Today we notice Apple has delayed the iPad Keyboard Dock. The product was originally set to ship to customers in late-April but now the Apple store has placed the shipping time for sometime in May.
That doesn’t bode well for those outside the US that wanted to get their hands on this with their iPad order nor anyone in the US who hasn’t pre-ordered the product yet. We can speculate about why it is delayed, but it is most likely just brisk sales rather than a product issue they are trying to fix.
Perhaps even worse then those accessory delays is the iPad Camera Kit’s current situation. The kit which allows you to connect an SD card or digital cameras to your iPad is not even on Apple’s online store. The iPad’s lack of a standard USB port or an SD card slot built-in is a potential negative for prospective buyers, and this kit was supposed to resolve the issue.
With Apple’s intense secrecy and rigid quality controls, delivering items on time and on spec has been an issue lately. This is clear through the faulty iMac saga, the iPad’s slight delay, and now these in-house accessories.