In less than five days, the iPad 2 proved to be one of the most successful product launch ever. Lines at Apple retail locations across the country were much larger than the lines seen for the launch of the first generation iPad back in 2010, and Apple ran out of units to sell in a matter of hours.
Demand does not seem to be weakening, as the iPad 2 is now seeing shipping delays of over a month for those who place an order today.
Late yesterday, Apple again increased the shipping lead times for the device, and at the moment this article was written, shipping lead times were over four weeks for all 18 models.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad 2 during his keynote at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco about 2 weeks ago, the Apple CEO mentioned that the iPad 2 would be available for purchase in 26 countries on March 25, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. But given the current iPad 2 shortage, Apple may decide to delay the launch of the iPad 2 in these countries, the same way the first generation iPad international launch was delayed by several months, due to shortages.
On the flip side, several Apple Store locations were expected to receive new shipments late last night, and will open one hour earlier than usual this morning. This new batch of iPad 2s will be sold on a first come first serve basis.