iPad 2 Sells “400,000 – 600,000” Units in First Weekend

Apple’s new iPad 2 – the second incarnation of its wildly popular tablet – became available to consumers on Friday, March 11. By today, Monday March 14, it is “all but sold out” at Apple stores and other retailers around the country.

Some Apple stores even sold out of the tablet within hours of it becoming available, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While Apple has not yet released sales figures, analysts are estimating that somewhere between 400,000 and 600,000 iPad2 units were solve in the device’s first three days on shelves. That’s about what the first iPad sold in its first week out.

Online orders are experiencing a backup wait of three to four weeks, according to Apple.

The company said in a statement, “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing. We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”

The iPad 2 boasts a 33% thinner design, and is roughly 15% lighter than the original iPad. It has the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen, but it also features new functions, like dual cameras, a built-in gyroscope, and HDMI connectivity for playback on HD TVs.

The first generation iPads have sold more than 15 million units overall.

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