Argos and Misco have become the latest UK retailers to have run out of the Apple iPad tablet on certain stock keeping units (SKUs) fuelling rumours about the impending release of the iPad 2, something that contradicts earlier reports of a significant delay in the launch of the device.
Out of stock and very low stock status are often seen as an early indication of soon-to-come upgrades since retailers normally need to clear stocks of exsisting products first before selling new products or face the prospects of having to heavily discount them later.
Argos and Misco have run out on some Wi-Fi and 3G versions, mostly the lower end of the spectrum; John Lewis, Comet and Carphone Warehouse have also confirmed that they will not sell some iPad stock keeping units.
Apple however still seems to have plenty of stock either instore or online; earlier today, we reported about a research note published by Yuanta Securities which warned about potential production bottlenecks which might cause a two months delay in the release of the iPad 2.
T-Mobile and Orange, the two partners within Everything Everywhere Network, have also slashed the price of the Apple iPad tablet, with savings of up to £130 on some models.