iPad 2 Sales Extend to More Countries: Japan, Hong Kong & More

Since the launch of the Apple iPad 2 we’ve brought you the initial phenomenal sales news, then the fact that sales forecasts rose because of the pure demand for the tablet. We then told yesterday though, that those forecasts have now weakened because of concerns over not being able to keep up with the production needed. Despite that though, it seems that Apple will extend sales of the iPad 2 this week, to more countries including Japan and Hong Kong.

Although shipping times have now lessened to 1 to 2 weeks instead of the 5 to 6 weeks soon after the release, the iPad 2 is still in short supply in many places. When the international release of the iPad in 25 more countries such as the UK and Australia took place on March 25, it was quickly sold out in those countries too. Nevertheless Apple is to press on with extending sales further.

We have news today that the iPad 2 will be available in another 12 countries this week, firstly in Japan on April 28 and then in Hong Kong on April 29. Other countries where the iPad will go on sale on April 29 are India, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, and the UAE according to a BGR article by Jonathan S. Geller. Sales will begin at 9am local time in retail stores or 1am online. In China the Wi-Fi version of the iPad 2 will be available on May 6. You can find out more by checking out the Apple press release at the BGR link above where you will also see pricing (in US dollars).

Darrell Etherington over on GigaOm also reports on the sales spreading to more countries and notes that as we reported yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook recently said the company was coping with the “mother of all backlogs” for the iPad 2 which would not normally indicate a plentiful supply, but maybe suggests that “production bottlenecks” are easing. Are you in one of the countries where the iPad 2 will go on sale in the next few days and will you be heading out to get your hands on this popular tablet device?