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One Million iPad 2s Sold In First Weekend, Analyst Suggests

Apple has according to some estimates sold around 1 million units of the iPad 2 tablet device in its first weekend in the US, with many retailers and Apple Stores running out of the next-generation iPad within hours.

Industry analysts had earlier predicted that Apple might sell around 350,000 to 400,000 units in the first weekend but the company appears to have sold more like a million, based on analysts' estimates, including Scott Sutherland of Wedbush Securities.

An Apple spokesperson said in a statement to USA Today, “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing. We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”

The spokesperson also said that online orders had backlogged by 'three to four weeks', indicating the level of demand that the iPad 2 is enjoying.

The device, which will be launched in the UK on March 25th, comes with a slimmer and lighter design compared to the first generation iPad, which sold over 15 million units. The iPad 2 also comes with an enhanced display and an A5 processor for lightning fast speeds.

Apple, however, failed to include USB support on the device, which when combined with the absence of Flash, gives iPad competitors a chance to differentiate their tablet PC offerings from Apple's device.