iPad 2 Sells Out on Launch Day

Submitted by lalit on March 12, 2011 - 2:52pm.

Apple launched the new iPad 2 yesterday with long lines of eager customers waiting to get their hand on the highly anticipated gadget. As always 5th Avenue New York City Apple Store saw the biggest lines (photo above and video below) with some estimations going as high as 2,000 people. Other Apple Stores around the country also saw lines with anywhere from 200 to 1,000 people waiting for the iPad 2. Some of the other retail partners like Best Buy, AT&T, Verizon and Walmart also had lines but they were relatively small, as they had limited quantities.

Many of the stores were sold out with in few hours on launch day. AppleInsider posted:

In San Francisco, Best Buy sold out of its inventory right away, while Apple's own Stonestown store was out of stock within two hours of going on sale. Staffers there estimated they wouldn't have many tomorrow either. Apple's flagship Union Street store downtown ran out of WiFi iPad 2 models, but still had a stock of 3G versions for both AT&T and Verizon, at least of the 32 and 64GB variety, and only in black. It planed to remain open through midnight to offer remaining supplies to the hundreds standing in line.
Readers noted early and long lines in a variety of locations, and also reported that inventories of iPad 2 had sold out in many locations, from Columbia, Maryland to Lexington, Kentucky to Dallas, Texas.

According to latest reports, most Apple Stores were sold out of initial iPad 2 inventories, but they will be getting daily iPad 2 shipments from Apple. And if you want a iPad 2 soon Apple Stores will be your best bet, as Apple online store shows 3-4 weeks of wait time and most other retail partners will be getting very limited units for the coming month.