Apple iPad 2 Sells Out with Half a Million Bought in HoursMar 14th, 2011 | By Eli Johnson | Category: Technology and Science
Apple’s new iPad 2 sold out within hours of its release Friday, with an estimated 500,000 units disappearing from the shelves of vendors such as Target and Best Buy. Some estimates place the total closer to a million sales.
The original iPad, released in April 2010, sold out within 24 hours and sold about 15 million copies during its first nine months on the market. The innovative tablet computer and media player offered a device between the size of a smartphone and a laptop, controlled by touch instead of the stylus typical of tablet computers, connected to the Internet by Wi-Fi or 3G wireless, and connectible with iTunes via USB cable.
The new iPad is lighter and thinner than the previous model, and includes a more powerful processor, along with a gyroscope sensor and front and rear cameras for FaceTime messaging with iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard devices. It comes in white and black. Its price ranges from $499 for the standard version to $829 for the deluxe version.
Delivery time for online orders from Apple’s website, originally estimated to take less than a week, will now take up to a month.
The iPad 2 will be released in 25 other countries on March 25, 2011.
Meanwhile over 60 rival manufacturers are preparing to release an estimated 100 or more competing models. Motorola’s Xoom Android Smart Tablet was already released February 24.