The next generation iPad sales figures are very positive with Apple selling up to 2.6 million iPad 2 units in March, though that figure could have been much higher if customer demand was being met.
Citing unnamed Taiwanese sources, a report on DigiTimes (opens in new tab) claimed that Apple took delivery of 2.4 million to 2.6 million iPad 2s in March. The company would have sold many more units if it hadn't faced severe component shortages.
The shortage in supply had caused the online order shipping date to go up to 4-5 weeks while here in the UK, the device had sold out within 24 hours of its launch.
Sources also told the tech publication that Apple is likely to sell between 4 million to 4.3 million iPad 2 units every month in the second quarter if suppliers are able to keep up with the demand.
Industry sources believe that Apple and its suppliers would have to ensure that there is a supply of cover lenses for touch panel modules if they want to meet their shipment goals.
“Taiwan-based TPK Touch Solutions and G-Tech Optoelectronics are eagerly expanding their capacities for cover lenses currently, with TPK expected to ramp up its cover lenses for 3.5-inch touch panels to five million units and for 10-inch panels to 2.5 million units in June,” the DigiTimes report read.