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Apple's Christmas sales in Asia at risk from global supply crunch

Delivery times for iPads and iPhones lengthen as holiday shopping season arrives

TAIPEI -- Apple will not be able to deliver new iPads to consumers in key Asian markets in time for Christmas, according to the latest delivery estimates, as the supply crunch hits the U.S. company ahead of its crucial holiday sales season.

Consumers in the Philippines who order one of the most popular iPad models (Space Grey with 256 GB and WiFi) on Apple's website on Monday will have to wait until Jan. 14 for delivery -- an eight-week wait. Consumers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia ordering on Monday would also receive their devices after Christmas, according to Apple's website.

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