For the first time since the iPad 2′s launch, its supply seems to have finally caught up with its demand. Although the tablet appears abundant in stores, it has been plagued with a supply bottleneck that has caused a worldwide shortage since its debut. But now, Apple online stores in the US and Canada are listing the iPad 2 as shipping within 24 hours.
The Apple iPad 2 was so in demand and so lacking in supply, that its initial ship times were around 4 to 5 weeks. That gradually dropped to 3-5 days in the beginning of July. By mid-July, it had dropped to 1 to 3 days. But today’s update is certainly the first time iPad 2s could be shipped out within a day.
This should be a sign that Apple’s supply issues have been fixed. According to supplier data, the company is ramping up iPad shipments in Q3 to as much as 14 to 15 million units. But there are also rumors that Apple could be introducing an iPad 3 or an iPad HD that features a high-resolution Retina display. It’s believed that this new model would provide more professional features and wouldn’t necessarily replace the iPad 2.