The iPad 2 has finally gone on sale in the UK. Queues around the country have been long at Apple’s official retail outlets, numbering in the hundreds in many cases.
Online orders began around 12.30am in the early hours of this morning. Unlike US customers, UK customers were met with 2-3 week shipping times from the start (compared to US users’ 3-5 days). These times have now slipped to 3-4 weeks.
Numerous users reported checkout errors and were unable to complete their orders – some of these later reports to have inadvertently ordered several iPads. Users have also found themselves unsure of their order status due to the order checking pages on the UK Apple Store being non-functional most of the day (it appears to be working currently, although it is still a little sluggish).
Queues will probably last into the evening, and there are reports of queuers going away disappointed. It is not clear at this time how long shortages may continue.
Current queue statuses can best be obtained from the dedicated iPad 2 Queue blog, ipad2queue.co.uk.