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Apple May Have Sold 500,000 IPad 2s, Depleting Retailers

Apple Inc. may have sold more than 500,000 iPad 2 tablets as consumer demand left retailers bereft of the device on its debut weekend, even as rival computer makers ready more than 100 would-be competitors.

Piper Jaffray Cos. and Deutsche Bank AG analysts said Apple may have sold half of a million units. Other estimates ran higher, with Ticonderoga Securities LLC and Wedbush Morgan Securities saying Cupertino, California-based Apple may have sold closer to 1 million units of the iPad 2.