Apple holding iPad 2 event on March 2

We know that the iPad 2 will be announced on Wednesday, what is still up in air the however is when we will be able to get our hands on one? A couple of stories have emerged over the last twenty four hours, which may point to it being with us by March 9.

Firstly, there are reports that Apple has ceased production of the first iPad and global retailers are no longer able to source them. The retailers that 9to5Mac has spoken to said, they only have what is on their shelves and they could be sold out very soon.

The second bit of information, although a little bit sketchy, is from UK site Quidco, a smart shopping website that advertises various deals that deliver cash back and discounts if you purchase through its site. They had a 4% cash back deal for the iPad that expired at midnight on March 8. All the other offers at the time finished on the last day of the month. This however has now been changed and the only offer available for the iPad, now finishes at the end of the month.

This of course could have been an error by Quidco or Apple could have requested it to be changed; we don’t know for sure. My gut feeling is that the iPad 2 will be available within a week of the announcement on Wednesday! What does everyone else think?

[9to5 Mac, Quidco]