DigiTimes reported this morning on the retail channel chatter that suggests a late May launch for iPad 2 in Taiwan. They should know: DigiTimes is a Taiwanese trade publication:

Sources in the retail channel estimate that the iPad 2 should be launched as soon as within the next 1-2 weeks.

The publication also wrote that the wait for the sought-after tablet is causing weak demand for Android slates and tablet PCs in general because a portion of would-be tablet buyers are postponing their purchase until iPad 2 arrives.

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Nevertheless, first-tier vendors like Asustek and Acer are unable to satisfy all the demand due to the ongoing supply and manufacturing woes, the publication asserted. A previous report suggested Asustek’s Eee Pad Transformer has been facing serious supply-related problems.

Last month Apple has expanded iPad’s global presence and brought the device in Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE. The company pledged to announce further international availability at a later date.

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