Apple Reports Incredible Demand for iPad 2

Apple’s spokesperson, Trudy Miller, expressed to The Loop that the reception for the newly launched iPad 2 has been overwhelmingly positive, mirroring the scenes of eager customers lining up early to secure their devices on its release day at 5 PM last Friday.

Reports from various analysts indicate that the iPad 2 was sold out in numerous stores by the end of the first day. By Sunday, Apple’s online store was quoting a delivery delay of 3-4 weeks for any version of the device.

“Our team is working tirelessly to fulfill the demand and ensure that every customer who wants an iPad 2 can get one as soon as possible,” Miller stated.

While Apple has not released specific sales figures, the Wall Street Journal notes that estimates from analysts range from 400,000 to 600,000 units sold in the first three days.

Some analysts, such as Wedbush Securities’ Scott Sutherland, are even more optimistic, suggesting sales could be close to 1 million.

The iPad 2 was available at about 10,000 retail outlets across the U.S. For sales to reach 1 million units over the weekend, each store would need to sell an average of 100 units.

However, it’s uncertain if Apple supplied each store with enough stock to meet this goal. According to Reuters, Best Buy reported that some of its stores ran out of their iPad 2 stock within the first 10 minutes of availability.

“The demand was unexpectedly high,” commented Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray.

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