Apple’s iPad 2 was released this past weekend in 25 countries around the world, and sold out in as many countries. Eager consumers from Canada to Europe all the way to Japan queued up outside retailers in the days leading up to the products international release, but many left disappointed. By the time they made it into the store, the stock was gone.

This led many consumer groups around the world to question what went wrong. It is not the first time that new Apple products sold out the day that they were released, and it is difficult to imagine that one of the most innovative tech companies in the world is not very good at estimating consumer demand. Some have even suggested that this is part of some elaborate marketing ploy by Apple to build up excitement around the product.

Consumers who missed out this time, however, may only have to wait until autumn for their next chance at a new iPad bought on the day of its release. Rumors are swirling that Apple is planning to delay the release of its new IOS 5 operating system until then, and sell it as part of a new iPad 3. IOS 5 was originally scheduled to be released this spring.

If you simply must have an iPad 2 no matter what the cost, you can still find them on sale at Harrod’s in London. Unfortunately, the only iPads they have left are encrusted in Swarovski crystal, but that makes it the ultimate bling. Best of all, it’s the perfect wedding gift for William and Kate, if you are so inclined.

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