Apple iPad 2 buyers face four-week wait

Customers who pre-order the Apple iPad 2 from the Apple online store today — the day of its launch — may have to wait up to a month to receive their new tablets.

Customers who pre-order the Apple iPad 2 from the Apple online store today — the day of its launch — may have to wait up to a month to receive their new tablets.

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Customers may have to wait three to four weeks for an iPad 2 (Screenshot by CBS Interactive)

While customers can choose to buy it from a third-party reseller or from an official Apple store those who sign up for a new iPad are now informed there is a three- to four-week wait.

Orders for the iPad 2 began at approximately 1.20am this morning and the initial wait time was two to three weeks.

After being asked for the reason behind the delay, Apple Australia's Fiona Martin replied with the statement:

"iPad 2 went on sale on the Apple online store overnight and we are continuing to take orders. The iPad 2 is yet to go on sale at the Apple retail stores or Apple Authorised Resellers. Doors open at 5pm this evening. Customers can choose to order online, join the queue at the Apple retail stores or contact their local reseller. We do not have a pre-order."

The iPad 2 is an update on last year's model. It includes front and rear cameras, a dual-core processor and a slimmer design. Prices start at AU$579.

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