Apples worst nightmare has begun shipping out to those who have pre-ordered. The Nexus 7. The most anticipated release since the iPad back during March. Those who pre-ordered the device on time should see the device at their door steps within the next few days, or even earlier today if they were lucky.
Although they’ve began shipping the tablet, some retailers have drained their stock. Retailers such as GameStop have listed the Nexus 7 on their website for order and have since removed the page due to low inventory. And even with the low inventory, it was noted that each retail store was provided with plenty of devices. We can’t be assured that the launch has drawn an iPad-like release, however the Google Play store lists the Nexus 7, tagging a one-to-two week shipment estimate. Early last week the figure was two-to-three weeks, so the production is beginning to gain some traction.
How does this mean “trouble” for Apple? Being Google, they were probably well prepared when launching the Nexus 7. Over a million tablets is a logical estimate of what Google has sold already (including pre-orders). The fact their is a backlog of orders sits as a reminder that the Nexus is a great seller. I can’t remember such an anticipated tablet release in history, disregarding the iPad. At $199 this is a great buy, and affordable by all means. The only missing feature which may re-route consumers is the lack-of a back facing camera.
Even with that, I am not assured Apple is in any trouble as of yet. If you do factor in an updated Kindle Fire though, Apple may see an eminent drop in sales. This will only tempt Apple to release the anticipated iPad Mini this fall.
Do you see the Nexus 7 as a threat to the iPad?