Feeds

Apple TV stock shortage sparks new gadget rumour fever

Rumoured supply cuts may signal a launch

Security for virtualized datacentres

Apple is throttling back its supply of Apple TV boxes, says 9to5Mac, suggesting that Apple is discontinuing the old product line in advance of a big launch.

The launch, we assume, is Apple's hyped refreshed TV device.

9to5's source is a Best Buy employee who reckons his store is out of stock of Apple TVs for the first time in his experience - and he hasn't been able to order a new one for a customer:

Product was listed as “currently unavailable”. From prior experience, this usually is associated with a product that is being “discontinued”.

Several other American shops seem to be out of the product too - including Walmart, Target and Amazon.com. In Britain, the UK Apple store is still offering the Apple TV boxes for anyone who wants to blow £99 and so is Curry's/PC World.

Tesco's Direct is "temporarily out of stock" and the product was listed as out of stock from Comet. Amazon didn't have Apple TVs in stock either, estimating a 1-3 month delivery for the device, but it was available from third-party retailers on the site.

The big Apple launch coming up is the iPad 3, expected in the first week of March. Apple TV looks more likely to arrive in a matter of months rather than weeks as moles made a note in their diaries for April/May for the launch. Current cut backs on devices will mean a long wait for punters who haven't yet availed themselves of an Apple TV box but want their TV experience enhanced by Cupertino.

Unless of course it's a sign that the Apple TV is likely to pop out sooner than expected, or the March date is a double launch, or it's the same thing. Canadian telco sources who claimed to have seen the new product did describe it as a "giant iPad".

We've asked Apple for a comment, but we're not holding our breath. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.