Crazy! Apple Keeps Getting Better

The wait for the new iPad just got shorter. At the quarterly post-earnings conference call last month, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer had said the company was shipping its new tablet “as fast as we can make them,” and the pace appears to have quickened since then.

Apple’s online store now shows a wait time of just three to five business days, down from five to seven days only a few days ago. All the six variations, from the $499 16GB Wi-Fi-only model to the $829 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G edition, will take as long.

Apple sold 11.8 million iPad devices last quarter, when it also launched the latest version. The increase was about 151 percent from the year ago quarter. But the company has been struggling to keep up with the demand and hopeful international users often wait longer than those in U.S. The new iPad, which is now available in 56 countries after fresh markets were rolled out last week, has a wait time of between one and two weeks in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy, and other European countries.

In the U.S., the tablet can also be bought in the brick-and-mortar stores of Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Target (NYSE:TGT), and Walmart (NYSE:WMT).