Apple’s iPad 2 has arrived on a global scale this morning, as the Cupertino, California-based tech giant rolls out the hugely popular second-generation tablet to millions of prospective buyers around the world.
With long lines observed from England to Australia, iPad fever has spread from the states to the world at large once more.
Despite what would seem to be added pressure on already dwindling supplies, new signs emerged yesterday that the iPad 2 is becoming more readily available. Online orders placed with Apple now have a 3 to 4 week shipping estimate in the US – a substantial improvement over shipping times observed during the previous two weeks.
Released exclusively in the US over the weekend of March 11th, the iPad 2’s inventory was believed to be fully depleted within 24 hours.
With the supply faucet cranked up, Apple announced earlier this week that it would be expanding the tablet’s reach into Asia next month with the release of the iPad 2 in Hong Kong, Korea, and Singapore.
For now, the international launch is limited to 25 new countries. They include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.