Pre-orders of Apple’s new iPad sell out

12 Mar 2012

Apple's latest iPad

Apple has confirmed in the US that stock set aside for pre-orders of its new iPad have sold out. The technology giant has described demand as “off the chart” and said the pre-order stock sold out within two days.

“Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased,” Apple said.

“Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.”

At the unveiling of the new iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cook said we are now in the post-PC era and revealed Apple sold 15.4m iPads last quarter – more than any PC sold from rival companies during the same period.

The new iPad will have Retina display, with a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. It runs on an A5X chip with quad core graphics and voice dictation.

Its rear-facing camera has a 5-megapixel sensor which offers backside illumination. It will provide 4G LTE connectivity with speeds of up to 73Mbps. It also offers HSPA+ connectivity of up to 21Mbps and DC-HSDPA connectivity of 41Mbps.

The new iPad will be available in Ireland on 23 March, costing from US$499.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years