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iPad 2 UK availability improves

UK buyers wanting an iPad 2 now face only a 2- to 3-week wait

At last we can bring some good news to UK customers eager to get their hands on the iPad 2 - supply shortages seem to be easing.

Though a lucky few managed to get their hands on the iPad 2 on its UK launch day, online orders had been pushed back to two to three weeks in the early hours of the morning of Friday 25 March.

By the weekend, Apple was listing shipping times of three to four weeks, and was still saying the same as recently as yesterday.

However, this morning Macworld can report that shipping times are now back to two to three weeks, suggesting that shortages caused by the initial backlog of orders are starting to ease.

Apple Insider reports that the online Apple Store in the US has also shortened its shipping estimates to two to three weeks.

Demand for the iPad 2 has been high since it launched in the US in early March, with some analysts estimating that it sold one million units in its first weekend of sale.

However, there was speculation that the overwhelming demand in the US and component supply issues caused by the recent natural disasters in Japan could delay an international launch. But the international launch of the iPad 2 did go ahead as planned, except in Japan.

Those wanting to buy an iPad 2 through Apple can get the Wi-Fi only 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models for £399.00, £479.00 and £559.00 inc VAT respectively. For the Wi-Fi + 3G models you will pay £499.00, £579.00 and £659.00 inc VAT.

Subsidised deals are available through Three, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, though you'll need to sign up to a 2-year contract.


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