“iPads are sold out across virtually all channels. We were unable to find any availability,” Munster said. He added that sales could exceed his prediction that Apple would shift 5.5 million units in the first quarter that the iPad 2 was on sale.
Apple hasn’t released any official figures but the original iPad sold 300,000 units on its first day of sale back in April 2010.
The iPad 2 went on sale in the US at 5pm Pacific Time on Friday and other analysts had already predicted sales of around 500,000 – 600,000 over the weekend.
There is a three- to four-week wait for those ordering the iPad 2 through the Apple website. The device will launch in Australia on March 25.
The future for Apple’s tablet device looks strong: the predecessor of the iPad 2, the iPad, accounted for 83 percent of the media tablet market in 2010, according to a report issued last week by IDC.
In addition to this, 82 percent of potential tablet buyers questioned in a recent survey said that they would most likely plump for the iPad.