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iPad deliveries remain squeezed as Apple prioritizes iPhones

Buyers endure nine-week waits as even procurement champ suffers constraints

Philippine consumers might wait up to 63 days if they ordered a space gray, 256 GB iPad on Jan. 28. In Malaysia, the lag is about 54 days. (Source photos by Getty Images)

TAIPEI/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Consumers are still waiting up to nine weeks for delivery of new iPads as Apple struggles to clear a backlog that emerged last year amid the global chip and component crunch, according to Nikkei Asia's analysis of more than two months of shipping data.

Nikkei Asia has been tracking the delivery times for Apple products in 25 key countries and regions, including the U.S., China and Japan, since early November. Customers ordering a new iPad (64GB model) on Apple's website on Jan. 28 faced an average wait of about 50 days, a slight improvement from the 55-day delivery times for iPad orders placed in early December.

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