After the Apple online store came back up following Wednesday's media event, we noted among other observations that the Canadian store was showing a delivery estimate of March 16-20 for orders. While new orders are now shipping on March 22, Apple has noted that when a customer's order arrives within that window is based on delivery zones covering the country.

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As noted by iPadinCanada, Apple even displays a map showing the delivery zones during the checkout process so that customers know when their orders will arrive.

If your delivery quote reads “Delivers: March 16-March 20″, then your new iPad will deliver on March 16 in major cities and surrounding areas (zone 1). Otherwise, if you live in zone 2, your estimated delivery date is March 19, and if you live in zone 3 your estimated delivery date is March 20. Please add 1-2 additional business days for delivery of personalised products or for zones 4 or 5.

If your quote reads “Ships: By March 19″, this map does not apply. You will receive your new iPad within 7 days after shipping.

The vast majority of Canada's population is included in Zone 1, meaning that early iPad orders for those customers will indeed arrive on the launch date of March 16. But for those customers located in more remote areas, their orders may not arrive until the following Monday or Tuesday, or even later in the farthest-flung areas of the country.

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A similar system is in place for Australia, with the country's major cities covered by Zone 1 with March 16 delivery for early orders but outlying areas seeing delivery on the following Monday or Tuesday. New orders placed in Australia are currently scheduled to ship on March 22 as availability as tightened up following the launch of pre-orders.

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Top Rated Comments

FrizzleFryBen Avatar
156 months ago
Glad I don't live in Nunavut..

It's quite the lovely and diverse place. Check it out if you want.
http://www.nunavuttourism.com/explore/index.aspx?l=0,2,4,14
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mrmarts Avatar
156 months ago
I'am australian but all three countries in this post rock
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peb123 Avatar
156 months ago
Perth is in zone 2, but North of Perth is Zone 1. That makes no sense! Its the frigging capital of Western Australia and is the largest city in the state!
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filmantopia Avatar
156 months ago
I live in NYC and just received a "shipped" notice. Says I'll receive on March 16th by 3pm. I'll be working that day so I'm having it shipped to my uncle's building where a doorman can pick it up. I miss my iPad 2!! But the feeling of anticipation is always nice.
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AppleInLVX Avatar
156 months ago
Glad I don't live in Nunavut..

I've often wondered how large of a 'tecchie' community exists there in any case.. And if it does, do they have the same passion for their gadgets? I wonder if anyone in Nunavut cares if they're a few days or even a week behind.

On the upswing, I'm in Zone 1, so I'm a happy camper. :) Thanks MacRumors. This was welcome information!
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iCantwait Avatar
156 months ago
Anyone else notice Melbourne is in the wrong place on the map?
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