The Apple iPad 2 can be yours within just 2 to 3 weeks from the date it is first ordered. While three weeks is still a lot for tablet fans in general and hardcore Apple followers in particular, nevertheless it is a lot better than having to wait for the maximum of 5 weeks that the tablet used to take to reach its owners. The time periods mentioned pertains to the Apple online stores and not any of the retailers currently offering the iPad 2. Also, with the iPad 2 now catering to a worldwide audience, it’s not likely for the shipment time to come down anytime soon.
Earlier, the unprecedented natural disasters that hit Japan raised concerns in some quarters of prolonged delays to hit the iPad 2. This since a few of the tablet’s key components, including the display and flash memory, are sourced from manufacturers in Japan. However, while Japan is still grappling with the aftermaths of the disaster, it seems the tragic events in the island nation have had no adverse impact on the iPad 2’s supply lines or inventory.
The touch panel is another item that many thought would be in short supply, though it now seems the lack of the cover lenses led to the demand for the iPad 2 to far outstrip supply. Cover lenses are essential for the touch panel modules. The cover lenses are manufactured at TPK Touch Solutions and G-Tech Optoelectronics and both are trying their best to ensure they produce enough cover lenses to make sure eager iPad 2 enthusiasts have to wait the least to get hold of their favorite gadget. Apple is looking to stabilize at around 4 million units of iPad 2 shipped every month, up from the 2.5 million units it is now able to produce.