Apple iPad 2 Comes to Select Toys R Us Stores

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Is the iPad 2 possibly the very last thing any parent would want their child to find during a trip to the toy store?

Barbies, Matchbox cars, Legos and… high-end tablet computers? Apple broadened its channels for iPad 2 distribution again this week by introducing the popular tablet for sales at select Toys R Us stores. Also available at big box retailer Best Buy and through Apple’s stores and Website, the toy store joins the exclusive list of vendors offering the latest version of the tablet device, which has been selling out nationwide since its launch in March.

The toy retailer currently sells a slew of iPad accessories on its Website, but this is the first time the stores—and very few of them—will have the actual device available for sale. With reports that iPad 2’s are selling out daily from coast to coast, it remains to be seen if little more than a handful of consumers will be able to snap up the pricey device while strolling down the board games aisle.

The iPad 2 features a new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. The tablet also features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor and includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time.

Prices for the tablet start at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. An iPad 2 with WiFi plus 3G is available for $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

However, getting your hands on any tablet may become more difficult as the year progresses, according to a report published by DigiTimes. Quoting unnamed industry sources, the publication said tablet manufacturers are facing a possible shortage of key components caused by the Japan earthquakes.

In addition, the report said manufacturers are also delaying the release of Android-based tablets following the disappointing launch of the Motorola Xoom tablet, a highly touted rival to the iPad. "With Google unable to offer sufficient support to cooperation partners at present, many players have decided to delay the launch of Android 3.0 tablet PCs, the sources added," the report read.