iPad 2 stock runs low ahead of new model release

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It is pretty obvious that we will soon be seeing the Apple iPad 3 being released after a number of recent rumors have emerged. Now today there are reports that stock of the iPad 2 begins to run low ahead of the new model being released.

Quite often when Apple are due to upgrade a product stock levels of the older model can begin to run low at various retailers. This is what happened before the current model was released in March of last year. As 9To5 Mac are reporting this was also the case last year with MacBook Air and MacBook Pro refreshes.

Sources are claiming that the iPad 2 Wi-Fi+ 3G model are becoming constrained with supply shortages extending beyond Apple’s own distribution channels. Many major retailers are now showing a no stock status for the 3G version of the iPad 2. These include the likes of Orange and the Carphone Warehouse in the UK.

The Carphone Warehouse normally stocks six versions of the iPad 2 and only has stock for the black 64GB 3G unit. Meanwhile Orange has shortages for fifty percent of its iPad 2 range. It has to be noted though there doesn’t seem to be any shortages of the Wi-Fi only model. With shortages of only the 3G model this could mean that Apple may be keeping the iPad 2 Wi-Fi only model, and having the new iPad 3 as the premium model.

Apple could also offer the iPad 2 at a lower price with a possible $399 price level, and currently is on offer for $419 for a refurbished model. Even new models can now be purchased as low as $429, and some US retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart are also reporting some shortages in a few stores.

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