updated 12:45 pm EDT, Thu March 24, 2011
International launch not having tangible impact?
Shipping times for the iPad 2 at Apple's US online store have dropped to between three and four weeks, a check shows. Until today the company was listing delays ranging between four and five weeks. In some cases, though, units scheduled to arrive in April have been shipping early.
An improvement in domestic delivery speeds suggests that Apple will not be impacted too heavily by March 25th's international rollout, which has already begun. For a time it was worried that the sheer intensity of American demand would delay international launches by several weeks, as happened with the iPad 1. Apple has tried to reassure the public that the rollout will happen as planned, the one exception being Japan, which is still suffering in the aftermath of a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami damage.
When Japan will get the iPad 2 is unknown. In the meantime, Apple has already laid plans for introductions in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea sometime in April. Still more countries should get the device as the year progresses.