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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/14/2011

iPad 2 is sold out, but reports of screen problems emerge

SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 02: Versions of the new iPad 2 are displayed during an Apple event to unveil the new iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 2 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan - GETTY IMAGES)
Apple has reportedly sold out of the iPad 2 after releasing the tablet on Friday. Fortune reported that a Piper Jaffray survey of buyers in line for the tablet found that 70 percent were first-time iPad buyers. Many buyers who lined up at the Georgetown store on Friday said they were skeptical of the first iPad, or that they simply didn’t buy first-generation devices.

The report also gives the tablet’s first weekend numbers at about 400,000 to 500,000, though Mashable pointed out that the same team overestimated the sales of the first iPad when it came out. The first iPad sold 300,000 in its first weekend.

By Sunday, the Piper Jaffray team couldn’t find an iPad 2 for sale in any store they contacted, and Apple’s online store on Monday listed a 3- to 4-week shipping time.

Once buyers got home, however, some found that their tablets were hit with the same light leak and screen discoloration issues that plagued early buyers of the iPhone 4. Engadget and MacRumors have posted reports from readers experiencing those problems. With the iPhone 4, the screen issues were attributed to a bonding agent that hadn’t fully dried yet. Most users did not have the problems after the agent dried in a few days.

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