Shipping Dates for New iPad Orders Begin to Slip, White AT&T Models First Hit in U.S.

Following the new Apple TV's slip to a 1-2 week shipping estimate in Apple's U.S. online store late yesterday, the first signs of Apple's supplies of the new iPad beginning to run short have now emerged, with 16 GB and 64 GB models of the AT&T 4G iPad in white now showing estimated shipping dates of March 19 in the store. All models had previously been listed as delivering on the launch date of March 16.


Shipping dates are beginning to slip in other launch countries as well, with Apple's store for Japan showing delivery by March 19 and its German store citing a date of March 22. In Canada, several models including the black 64 GB Wi-Fi and white 32 GB Wi-Fi, 64 GB Wi-Fi, and 16 GB 4G are now showing an "available" date of March 19, while all models had previously been promised for delivery within the March 16-20 window.

Apple experienced several months' worth of shortages of the iPad 2 at launch, and the company is rolling out the new iPad on an even more aggressive schedule with ten countries being included in the first round on March 16 and 25 more being added just one week later.

Update: Apple's UK online store is now showing shipping estimates of 2-3 weeks for all models of the new iPad.

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110 months ago
I'm sure the haters will try to look at this as a failure for the just-released iPad, but I'm guessing Apple was prepared this time. This, too, will help stop all the freaking scalpers.

With that said, the 16th can't get here soon enough. I'm sure I'll look like a crackhead, looking out my window every two minutes, hoping for UPS/FedEx to arrive. :D
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110 months ago
It was a disaster trying to order within the first few hours, but I still managed to get my 64GB ATT Black model order in at least :)

Note to Apple: Please build a data center just for launch day ordering..
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110 months ago
Frankly I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner, but perhaps given the issues with the Apple Store yesterday afternoon helped to delay Apple from selling the initial supplies that quickly.

It is interesting to see the sales patterns for the various combinations of network, color and memory.
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110 months ago

I decided to wait until this summer to get the iPad 3 (HD) my iPad 1G is stilling going strong, and with the iOS 5.1 upgrade.

Figured by waiting for summer there won't be the problems of getting the unit I would want. :o


There are so many things that are wrong with this comment.
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110 months ago
I saw a post on Craigslist in Chicago where the guy was trying to sell his pre-order and was telling people not to low ball him. Granted, he didn't state the price but its safe to assume he'd want to make some profit.

I wonder if he's so much of an idiot that he thinks people won't check Apple's site first and order from there.
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110 months ago

If you have an iPad 2, there really is no reason to upgrade, yet. The latest iPad release was, at best, disappointing.


you've got to be joking!!! this was an insanely huge update!!

4x resolution over the iPad 2
4x the processing speed
dictation, not available natively on iPad 2
a 1mp camera with crappy optics Vs. a 5mp camera with 5 chips and integrated to the processor.
1080p video. you can watch and record 1080p video.
4g lte.

this is a muh bigger upgrade than going from iPad 1 to iPad 2!!!!
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