Apple already quoting 2-3 week shipping time for iPad 2 online orders

Apple already quoting 2-3 week shipping time for iPad 2 online ordersWell, that didn't take long. Fancy a new iPad 2? The good news is that you can order one online from Apple right now. The bad news is you'll have to wait at least two to three weeks for it to arrive.

We'll see just how things go later today when the new Apple tablet launches in stores, but it seems fairly obvious that stocks of the Wonderslate here in the UK are pretty limited.

Credit where it's due, though. Apple has managed to launch the iPad 2 in the UK exactly when it said it would, and in the same calendar month as it was first announced too.

But those persistent suggestions of supply shortages we were hearing about in the run-up to Steve Jobs unveiling the next-gen slate on stage were clearly more than just empty rumours. Yes, demand for the iPad 2 has probably been greater than expected, but stocks seemed to vanish incredibly quickly when the tablet launched in the US a fortnight ago, and the same seems to be happening here.

Right now, if you head over to the Apple Online Store you'll see all six iPad 2 models being labelled as shipping in 2-3 weeks, and we wouldn't be too surprised if that slipped to the 4-5 weeks US punters were being quoted until recently.

Ironically enough, that has just been shortened to 3-4 weeks, suggesting that Apple has been going hell for leather trying to build stocks for the international launch, and now feels free to focus on the US again.

To remind you, the iPad 2 costs from £399 here in the UK. That's for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, but across the six-tablet range Apple has sliced £30 off the prices it was charging for the iPad 1, perhaps explaining what a lot of the fuss is all about.

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emmajk42 / MOD  Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:09

I'm ordering one today so will be able to see exactly how long it takes. Though I am in Northern Ireland and that sometimes adds a day on to the shipping times.

barrychicago  Mar. 25, 2011 at 12:01

I'm fairly sure they were put on sale with the dispatch time of 2-3 weeks, it just sounds like Apple are just trying to cover themselves and/or free up stock for stores. Maybe they should have just pushed back the release date...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2011 at 20:38

I wonder how many people will buy the iPad 1 out of frustration ;)


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