For the first time since launching in March, Apple seems to have caught up to online demand for the iPad 2 in its online store in both the U.S. and Canada.
Ship times for all 18 models of the second-generation Apple tablet now sit at 24 hours, down from a high of "four to five" months just days after launch. It's the quickest Apple's offered to get the device out to buyers since first making it available. By comparison, it took Apple just under four months to hit the 24-hour milestone with the first-generation model.
During Apple's most recent quarterly earnings call, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook noted that the company had reached supply/demand equilibrium for the iPad 2 in some markets, but would not note which ones. The fact that Apple is now getting devices out to customers potentially the same day they're ordered, is a good sign that target has been reached in North America.
Ship times in other countries--including the Mexico, the U.K., Japan, and China--continue to sit at one to three days from Apple's online store. Apple does not disclose stock or general availability of various models at its own stores, something it's done with previous generations of the iPhone.
Apple sold 9.25 million iPads in its most recent fiscal quarter, up from 4.69 million the previous quarter. Rumors are now swirling about the third generation of the device, which is expected to sport a display with a higher pixel density to put it in line with Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.