Stores across the US sell out of iPads as sales continue to surge

THE roaring success of Apple’s iPad is showing no signs of halting, with 74 per cent of US stores sold out of the gadget.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster found that no stores had the high-end 3G iPad in stock in a survey of 50 branches.

He suggests Apple will sell 1.3m iPads this quarter, less than the 2.5m suggested elsewhere. The Californian firm shifted more than 1m units in less than a month, far outselling its iPhone, which took 74 days to reach the milestone.

The basic model starts at £429.