There has been a lot of buzz about the latest iPad being offered by Apple. Eager customers have been busy ordering theirs online and even though the iPad is due in Apple Stores on March 16, and should arrive on that day for the earliest online pre-orders, Apple is now telling people there will be shipping delays for all new orders! In other words, Apple has now sold out of all it’s US allotment for online ordering.
Macworld got the following statement from Apple:
Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased, customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. Beginning Friday, March 16 the new iPad will be available for purchase at Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers on a first come, first-served basis.
The same thing is happening all over the globe with Canadian online store getting the same delay as the U.S., the stores in Australia and Singapore are quoting shipping dates of March 22, and Apple’s European stores as well as Japan are all quoting 2 – 3 weeks. Apple was planning on releasing the latest iPad in 25 additional countries on March 23, 2012 but with the current ordering frenzy, they may be hard-pressed to satisfy the demand in the second round of introductions.
Shipment delays are not a new issue for Apple. Last year, they started accepting pre-orders for the iPad 2 on March 11, 2011 and shipping times became delayed 2 – 3 weeks on that same day. Four days later the shipping times were delayed 4 – 5 weeks. If you’re interested in purchasing the iPad 2 you can still get those within 1 – 3 business days according to the Apple store.
Tell us about your online shipping experience in the comments below. Or are you planning on sleeping over night at your local Apple store? We want to hear all about it! Don’t forget to read about iHospital’s Buy-Back Policy if you’re interested in trading in your old iPad to purchase a new one!
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