updated 05:20 pm EST, Fri March 11, 2011
iPad 2 on sale in US now
As promised, Apple today began selling the iPad 2 in the US. The tablet launched to hundreds in line at Apple's larger stores. The first in line at Apple's 5th Avenue store was Hazem Sayed, an iOS app developer who bought the position for $900 from student Amanda Foote.
Supply has been low at some stores; early reports have mentioned stores like Walmart or Best Buy having just a few models and selling out almost instantly. Apple often reserves most of the stock for itself to meet expectations, but supply was expected to be larger at some third-party shops. The access still improves on that from last year, where Target, Walmart and some other third-party chains weren't an option at all.
Electronista has also received word from readers that some of the very earliest iPad 2 orders from this morning are shipping. Apple had quoted normal availability at the 4AM start but quickly slipped to two-plus weeks hours later after a flood of online orders.
While the performance relative to the original iPad launch is still difficult to determine, most analysts have been optimistic given the wider distribution and the iPad's stronger presence in the market. Its popularity also suggests that early competitors have done little to dampen early demand. [images via MissP and Matthijs van Schuppen]