The latest release from Apple, the iPad2 has outsold the record-breaking original iPad in its opening weekend, selling almost 1million units.
The thinner, faster and now dual camera, iPad2 was launched in the USA on Friday and has sold more than expected despite it being only a year since the launch of the original iPad.
Brian White, analyst from Ticonderoga Securities said: “Our field checks over the weekend indicate that the iPad2 sold out at every Apple and non-Apple store we contacted.”
The demand has been so high that even the US Apple online store is now quoting a five week wait for delivery of the new iPad when bought online.
Initial reviews of the device have been largely positive, with the new lighter and thinner design a success. However many are questioning why it does not feature the retina screen that the iPhone 4 boasts and that the new iPad lacks any particularly innovative ideas.
Techradar.com summed up their review saying: “Overall, the design is a stunner – it’s brilliant. The aesthetics are much improved, although not everything about the iPad 2 is so equally impressive.”
CNet.co.uk were a little more cautious saying: “The iPad 2 is a slimmer, faster tablet than its predecessor, without losing any of the battery life we’ve learned to love. With a posse of Android tablets on the horizon, the iPad 2 won’t have tablet town to itself much longer”
The next-generation tablet is due to be launched in the Uk and 25 other countries on March 26. The Uk retail price is expected to £439 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.