Apple's iPad 2 supplies improve

March 24, 2011: 3:11 PM ET

Online shipping delays shrank Thursday to 3 to 4 weeks from 4 to 5

Thursday 3:00 p.m. EST snapshot. Source: Apple.com

Here's a surprise, given the U.S. stockouts, the disappointed customers and the queues already forming overseas in advance of the launch scheduled for Friday in 25 more countries:

The iPad 2 ship times on Apple's (AAPL) U.S. online store improved this afternoon, shrinking to 3-4 weeks from 4-5 weeks just this morning. The wait is even shorter in, for example, New Zealand, where the iPad 2 ships in 2-3 weeks.

Could it be that the supply-chain problems analysts have been worrying about ever since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami have failed to materialize?

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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