Uh oh ~ It looks like the company from Cupertino, famous for its ferociously tyrannical ways, is rumored to have ‘banned’ Best Buy from selling the iPad 2 for the time being. Looks like the rich kid wants to have the party goes his way but things aren’t going as planned.
According to TUAW, “the mammoth electronics retailer has had all stock except demo units pulled. We didn’t put much credence in this rumor until CrunchGear reported the same thing after being tipped by a supposed Best Buy employee; Apple has supposedly banned Best Buy from selling the iPad 2 for the time being.”
Boy Genius also chirped in with some investigative reporting, and has independently confirmed from two Managers at Best Buy stores, that “[their] stores have been asked to temporarily hold non-reserved iPad 2 inventory.”
This manager allegedly went on to claim that until further notice, the Best Buy has had all stock except demo units pulled.
Still, while more tempered voices in the blogosphere are saying it has nothing to do with this beautiful ad that so aptly demonstrates the shortcomings of having only one form factor, we would beg to differ. Apple is notorious for ruling with an iron fist, especially when it comes to preservation of its highly polished image.
Just a few days ago, Apple asked Toyota to cease all advertising with an Ad network that catered to devices that were rooted, or “jail broken”, further underpinning the already significant evidence that Apple is a company that loves control in all its forms. After all, Toyota wanted to “maintain their good relationship with Apple.”
We here at Android Authority happen to think differently. We happen to think that Apple is actually not liking all of the negative press it’s receiving lately, and is on the offensive. Of course, Apple is happy to overcharge customers and maintain its position at the top of the elite smartphone food chain, but cannot at all be happy that analysts are projecting that Android is going to completely dominate the Smartphone market going forward.
Either way, it’s still interesting. Plus, with Apple rumored to be launching a lower priced iPhone in the not too distant future, it’s looking like Apple will be doing everything it can to remain relevant in an increasingly competitive market place.