Launch day at Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan (Source: BGR)
Fortune provides a nice summary of feedback from research analysts regarding the iPad 2 launch weekend in the United States, with the analysts weighing in with sales estimates ranging from 500,000 up to one million units.
Launch supplies of the iPad 2 were obviously concentrated at Apple’s own retail stores, where the longest lines were also seen. Headcounts at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan ranged from 1,200 to as high as 3,000 customers. Meanwhile, third-party retailers such as Best Buy with smaller stocks typically saw units sell out in just a matter of minutes at their stores.
For its part, Apple has yet to announce specific iPad 2 sales figures, although a spokesperson did issue a statement toThe Loop calling demand “amazing”.
Apple should be restocking iPad 2 units at its retail stores on a nearly-daily basis, but the timing of those shipments is unknown and potential customers may find lines as other shoppers seek to bypass the 3-4 week wait now in place for new online orders.