Apple on Monday commented that demand for the iPad 2 at launch was “amazing,” though the company declined to reveal actual sales figures. But with the device sold out virtually everywhere, one Wall Street analyst declared that Apple now has an “insurmountable lead” in the tablet market.-AppleInsider

Apple: ‘Amazing’ demand for iPad 2.

Metatron expects increased app sales from iPad 2 users, currently 30% of all i-Moblize app sales are from iPad users, and our hundreds of Movie apps are condusive to iPads due to their large screens.

“Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told The Loop. “We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”

Though Apple has not revealed initial sales for the iPad 2, most locations were completely sold out by Saturday. Sales predictions have ranged from about 500,000 to as high as one million, a number that will be determined by how many units Apple was able to supply for last Friday’s launch.

Deutsche Bank: Apple’s lead ‘insurmountable’

Analyst Chris Whitmore with Deutsche Bank said in a note to investors on Monday that he sees the blockbuster start for the iPad 2 as evidence that Apple has earned an “insurmountable lead” in the tablet market, leaving competitors in the dust.

“We believe the combination of its robust ecosystem, massive App catalog, broad carrier support, industry-leading hardware performance and its price-performance advantage creates an unmatched value for consumers in this segment,” he wrote.

Whitmore conducted a survey of 100 stores, including 50 Apple retail locations, 20 Best Buy and Walmart stores, and a handful of AT&T and Verizon stores. He found a complete 100 percent stock-out of the iPad 2 at all locations polled.

The analyst said the strong start for the iPad 2 suggests his estimate of 30 million iPad sales in 2011 is “very conservative.” Apple sold about 15 million of the first-generation iPad in all of 2010.

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