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Apple iPad 2 Supply Catches Up Demand, At Last

Since the very beginning of the tablet's release, in March, Apple has had problems keeping up with the demand, as the shipping time for iPad 2 was no less than 3 to 4 weeks. From mid-April until July the time was down to 1-2 weeks, which is still a long period to wait for a product after ordering it online.

At the peak of the iPad 2 frenzy some of those lucky enough to get their hands on the Apple tablet device were making hundreds of dollars in markups; some Chinese resellers were reportedly making around $400 per day after spending hours queuing outside Apple Stores in the US.

As from July 8th, the shipping time was considerably reduced to 3-5 business days, improving the iPad's availability dramatically for the first time since its release.

Now it seems that Apple is finally meeting the supply level required for iPad 2 demand, as the shipping time has fallen to 1-3 business days.

Four months after its release, Apple finally appears to have caught up with the staggering demand for all its tablet models; and it is said that the shipping time may be reduced even more, to just 24 hours.

And now inevitably the question arises: Is this catching up a proof of an improvement by Apple and its suppliers, or is it evidence of a diminishing demand for the iPad 2?

Radu is the founder of, and has worked as a freelance writer for ITProPortal, as well as having been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.