Apple now shipping iPad within 24 hours

In a sign that supply may have finally caught up with demand, Apple's tablet is now heading out the door within 24 hours of order placement.

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Apple's online store reflects the quicker shipping.
Apple's online store reflects the quicker shipping. Screenshot by CNET

Apple is now shipping the iPad within 24 hours after an order is placed.

The new, speedier processing contrasts with the shipping times that followed the tablet's April launch in which orders typically took at least a week to fill.

Swamped by a huge number of preorders and initial sales, Apple had trouble keeping up with customer demand. On the first day, the company sold 300,000 of the tablets. That initial surge depleted the stock of iPads, forcing Apple to push back the 3G version by a week and the international debut by a month.

The lack of supply also naturally affected shipping times. By mid-May, buyers typically had to wait 7 to 10 business days for their tablets to ship, according to data compiled by Fortune. Those times remained consistent throughout June and July and only started to improve around mid-August.

But now as displayed on Apple's online store, all six versions of the iPad ship within 24 hours.