The iPad 2 is now available to order on Apple web site, with the highly sought after device due to go on sale in retail outlets at 5pm today.
The starting price of the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 is £399, making it £30 cheaper than the equivalent version of the original device. Customers will be able to get a mid-range 32GB model for £479, and a 64GB model for £559.
Prices for models including Wi-Fi + 3G start at £499 for the 16GB model, rising to £579 for the 32GB version. Those wanting the top-end 64GB version will have to hand over £659.
Orange and Vodafone have also confirmed that they are offering subsided versions of the device, with upfront prices starting at £199 when users sign up to two-year contracts.
The original iPad sold over 300,000 units in the first day and opening weekend sales of the second generation device in the US were estimated to be 500,000.
It is likely that the lastest Apple tablet will sell out over the weekend in the UK. Fans eager to get their hands on the iPad 2 formed a queue 30 hours before the official launch at the flagship Regent Street store, giving a sign of things to come.
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