Gene Munster, the unofficial Apple oracle, has published some interesting estimates as to the number of iPad sold by the end of this year; he says that more 6.2 million iPad units will be flogged by the end of the year although this number might fluctuate depending on stocks.
Apple has already shopped the device in 10 countries with nine more to follow by the end of July and, "additional countries" to be added to the list before the end of 2010.
The iPhone is currently on sale in 96 territories (not countries) and it is likely that the iPad roll out will mirror this closely.
Appleinsider quotes Munster telling his Piper Jaffray investors that the company conducted 25 checks at a number of stores in five key countries and they found out that availability was very limited across all of them.
In fact, he reckons that stocks at international stores are "limited and declining", reflecting a similar trend in the US.
As we reported last Friday, availability was indeed limited with most lower-priced 3G SKU (16GB and 32GB) out of stock across south of England with the online Apple store now showing June rather than any exact dates as to when the "magical" device will be shipped to those who've purchased it direct.
Real time online tracking of "iPad stock" trend shows that stocks across London are fluctuating wildly pointing to the fact that demand is still very high with supply being extremely constrained.
ITProPortal has also launched a contest inviting prospective and current iPad owners to get up to £500 worth of iPad accessories (including iPad Apps and Apple iTunes Credit) simply by submitting the list of accessories they'd like to have. Simples!!