Should UK worry over iPad 2 release date?

By Gary Johnson - Mar 13, 2011

We told you the day the iPad 2 was launched that shipping times had increased after only a few hours. Since then even though customers have seen their online iPad 2 orders arrive early, shipping estimates have been pushed out to three weeks to a month.

Josh Lowensohn over at Cnet is reporting in an article that with these new shipping times, and limited availability at retail stores Apple may be having trouble keeping pace with demand. Unlike last year consumers cannot reserve themselves an iPad 2 before launch date.

Some analysts like Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster have estimated Apple sold between 400,000 to 500,000 units on day one. That is around 200,000 more than the original iPad sold on launch day. Apple is expected to announce official figures tomorrow as it did following the release of the original iPad.

Last year the original iPad was launched in the US in mid April, but the first batch of other countries to get the device had to wait until the end of May before it was launched. So with the iPad 2 getting longer ship times in the US, what does it mean for the UK and the rest of the world?

Should customers in the UK start getting worried about seeing the launch date getting pushed back like last year?

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