iPad Deleted from Best Buy Inventory Systems: Signal of Early iPad 2 Release?

Possible further evidence that Apple may be planning a surprise for the iPad 2 event scheduled for Wednesday comes via this new report. A Best Buy source told MacRumors that all iPad models have now show a status of "deleted" at the source's store.

The source further provided screenshots which showed both the 16GB wi-fi-only and 16GB 3G iPads as "deleted" in the store's inventory system. Although it was clear from Apple's invitation to tomorrow's event (10AM PST in San Francisco) that it would be an iPad event, it is (as always) unclear when the device will hit retail.

However, rumors have indicated that Apple might introduce the new iPad 2 into retail quickly, as quickly as the same week, to offset the expected wave of Honeycomb-based Android tablets that launched on Feb. 24 with the Motorola Xoom.
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