iPad sold out at European retailers; iPad 2 release imminent

A somewhat surefire indicator that a new model of an Apple device is coming soon is when the current model begins to go out of stock at its online retailers. That's exactly what has happened to the current iPad at various European stores.

The Carphone Warehouse, an official Apple retailer, is currently sold out of the 64GB version of the WiFi iPad and is sold out of every version of the WiFi + 3G model. Meanwhile, according to TechRadar, T-Mobile and Orange which officially carry the iPad 3G in Europe, have slashed the prices of the iPad. They are currently selling it for £99 on a two-year contract.

And now, 9to5 Mac has made aware that even more retailers and distributors are selling out. Ingram Micro is sold out of the 16GB and 64GB WiFi models and is also sold out of the 64GB WiFi + 3G model. In addition, they're low on stock of every other model -- the 32GB WiFi model and the 16GB and 32GB WiFi + 3G models. 9to5 Mac was also told that some Future Shop stores, a retailer in Canada, is either sold out or low in stock of the iPad.

While it's not entirely possible to predict when the iPad 2 will be released, it's pretty safe to say we'll see it in the next couple of weeks if Apple's mobile release cycles are put into account. Last year, the iPad announcement took place in late January and was released in early April (the WiFi model that is, the 3G model took another month). And earlier this month, it was reported that Apple had begun production on the iPad 2, which would certainly indicate the company is using the same timetable as last year.

Image credit: 9to5 Mac

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Don't you think Apple would have sent some invites to the press to a special event if they were to release the device(s) soon?

I'm kind of in the market for something like this since I cancelled my Notion Ink preorder, and can't decide between a tablet and a dedicated eReader. I didn't know Ingram sold Apple stuff, but knowing Apple, they're probably $5 less than retail anyways.

Now just to find the time to actually use one of these things.

I hope stay out stock couple weeks then I can sale mine on eBay at high price then nicely buy new iPad 2. The gullible are always buying....

I think we might see them on-sale right after the launch this year. Instead of a delay.
Still 24h on UK Apple store.

Last year, the iPad announcement took place in late January and was released in early April (the WiFi model that is, the 3G model took another month).

Well for a start, late January translates into late February this year. That would mean early May for the sales to begin. If stores are out of stock NOW, that's a long time for them not to be selling any iPads at all.

TCLN Ryster said,

Well for a start, late January translates into late February this year. That would mean early May for the sales to begin. If stores are out of stock NOW, that's a long time for them not to be selling any iPads at all.

may be a bit different because that was the inial launch of the ipad.. the Ipad 2 would more be like the Iphone 4 with the announcement timing.

Sounds like it'll coincide with the new MBP launch then, which has also seen shortages for a while now. Maybe they'll release both at the same time.