It’s already well known that Apple’s iPad 2 is a huge hit for the Cupertino company, and a recent report that cites sources in the Apple supply chain has revealed that the company received between 2.4 million and 2.6 million units from suppliers during the month of March alone.
It’s not like these devices are sat in a warehouse waiting to be sold either – everyone wants to get their hands on them, but the huge demand means the devices are sold out as soon as they’re made available and can’t currently be made quick enough.
A source provided DigiTimes with a “conservative estimate” that predicts Apple will take delivery of around 4 million iPad 2 units a month going forward, totalling more than 12 million units in the second quarter of 2011. Touchscreen suppliers have indicated that the second-generation device is selling at a much faster rate than the original iPad, which took 28 days to sell the first 1 million units.
The report also notes that “cover lenses for touch panel modules” could be one of the bottlenecks that means the iPad 2 can’t be produced fast enough. The current supply of these components will need to be more steady for Apple to meet its goals in building enough iPad 2s to go around.
However, Apple may have already secured a deal for more touch panels. In January the company revealed that it had invested $3.8 billion into long-term component contracts, though it would not disclose which components were linked to the deal. It has since been speculated that glass capacitive touch panels may have been involved.
The iPad 2 launched internationally just 12 days ago, and the consistent demand for the device means that stores are selling the device before they even get them in. This lack of supply suggests that out of the 2.4 million to 2.6 million of the devices Apple has received, so far nearly all units have been sold.