First Generation iPad Production Stopped, Stocks Nearly Depleted

Two days away from the launch of the iPad 2, it appears that the first generation iPad stocks are nearly depleted. Not exactly a surprise, given that Apple recently ramped up the production of the iPad 2, but it also implies that Apple apparently ceased to manufacture the first generation of the device, and has stopped shipping the device to its channel partners. As a result, Apple resellers are now unable to order first generation iPads, and no ETA (estimated time of arrival) is provided, which indicates that current stocks will simply not be renewed. The iPad 2 will be announced on Wednesday, during an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. As for the device’s availability, nobody really knows when the device will hit store shelves, as conflicting reports indicate a store availability for as early as next week, to as late as April. The device is expected to offer several improvements over the first generation iPad, namely a set of front and back cameras, a new, flatter design, a larger speaker, and more memory. The iPad 2 is also expected to sport the same CPU featured in its predecessor, albeit clocked at a higher speed. Finally, its screen should be improved as well, but will offer the same resolution of 1024×768 pixels.