Did no one inform Tim that Christmas is just around the corner and at around $200 this is a decent gift? For years Steve told everyone how great Tim was at lining up suppliers and that he was a logistics genius. It is unacceptable that you run short of a product this early in the holiday season, unless you have decided, as Steve did, that Apple TV is just a "hobby" and not worth their attention. Apple is a big company and can hire top talent. Get your act together, Apple, and take a page from Amazon and Google's book...they don't run out of their own product!
During the most recent Xmas quarter, Apple sold slightly fewer than 80 million iPhones, about 900,000 a day. Obligingly, a day has 86,400 seconds, so we round up to 90,000 to get a production yield of ten iPhones per second.But producing a phone isn’t instantaneous, it isn’t like the click of the shutter in a high-speed camera. Let’s assume that it takes about 15 minutes (rounded up to 1,000 seconds) to assemble a single iPhone. How many parallel production pipes need to accumulate ten phones a second? 1,000 divided by 1/10 equals…10,000! Ten thousand parallel pipes in order to output ten phones per second.We can juggle the numbers, but it’s still difficult to comprehend the scale and complexity of the iPhone production machine, to build a reliable mental representation.https://mondaynote.com/apple-culture-after-ten-years-of-iphone-dbc65f4438aa
And Tim clearly is. There's absolutely no way you can sell that many iPhones, for example, without having an excellent handle on the supply chain.
Soli:And Tim clearly is. There's absolutely no way you can sell that many iPhones, for example, without having an excellent handle on the supply chain.this is clearly true. This truth, however, does not preclude the possibility of supply chain miscalculation for particular versions of particular products from time to time, especially lower volume products.if there are supply issues for the 64GB version, the higher margin version of the Apple TV 4K, the timing prior to Christmas is most unfortunate.
They have been out of stock in the Netherlands and other countries throughout Europe for quite a while now. I ordered one a few weeks ago at Apple store and it was due to ship in 4-5 weeks. But the 4-5 weeks estimate remained. Luckily I found one lying around on the wrong shelf in an electronics shop at the airport and cancelled my order at Apple. 😄