Apple Begins Shipping iPad Pre-orders

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The first wave of reports saying iPad pre-orders are shipping started coming in on Monday morning, ahead of the multimedia tablet’s official Saturday launch date.

Since the iPad isn’t scheduled to be available until April 3, the units that are in transit now will most likely stop in a shipping holding facility so that they don’t land in customer’s hands before Saturday. Apple has previously requested that shipping companies hold iPhones so that they wouldn’t be delivered before the official launch date, too.

Apple unveiled the iPad at a special media event in January, and began taking pre-orders and reservations for in-store pickups on March 12. The company, however, pushed the delivery date from April 3 to April 12 over the weekend for all new pre-order requests and dropped the option for reservations.

Only the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi will be available on Saturday. Wi-Fi plus 3G models are set to ship before the end of April.

The iPad is a multimedia tablet that can run most iPhone applications. It includes a 9.7-inch multitouch display, movie and music playback support, an ebook reader and iTunes-like ebook store, Bluetooth with support for external keyboards, and more.

Now that pre-orders have started shipping, reports of people trying to convince shippers to deliver their iPads early are no doubt only days away.

Comments

RonMacGuy

Does anyone know for sure who Apple is using to ship iPads for pre-orders?  Is it Fed Ex?  UPS?  I know UPS does not deliver on Saturdays where I live, but Fed Ex might.

SirDennis

Does anyone know for sure who Apple is using to ship iPads for pre-orders?

...my initial order (on day 1) to my home in Illinois says it’s UPS, however my second order to my son in Arizona has yet to be listed as being shipped, nor is there any word on the accessories ordered initially.

bill yomlin

I am so tired of my news reader being filled up by ipad news. Its not like its revolutionary.  Its an iPhone with a large screen. There is up to 3 other manufacturers that will be releasing similar devices and you don’t hear about them. If people want to talk news then talk about how apple is so scared of android that they are trying to bully HTC which has nothing to do with patent infringements because their too scared to go after Google.  The ipad will be filled with all the normal apple control and limitations. Yet people are filing in line to buy one like cattle lining up for slaughter. If apple wanted to do something righteous to maybe put a stab in android. Then they should fully release an sdk and allow more open sourcing and release some of their control. There have been a few revisions to the iPhone yet no Changes just adding a little functionality that other phones had from day one such as mms and video. Yet the iPhone still has the same stale outdated ui.  So to those buying the ipad it better be all you’ll ever need the day you buy it, because apples track record shows that they won’t change even though the whole world around them is.

RonMacGuy

Bill, well I am so tired of people like you insulting Apple and those of us who choose to buy their products.  Why use comments like “cattle lining up for slaughter”?  Just because you can’t accept that Apple builds great products that millions of people love and enjoy using doesn’t mean you have to belittle us.

I seriously doubt that Apple is “so scared of android”.  Apple is building and selling products that millions of people love and use.

And your last comment about Apple not changing is just sad.  With each new release of Apple hardware and software comes new and improved technology.  Open your eyes.

SirDennis

apples track record shows that they won?t change even though the whole world around them is

...let’s see, that means Apple hasn’t changed the music world with the iPod and iTunes (and all their enhancements), nor the smartphone world which so many others are copying with the iPhone and Apps (and all their enhancements). It’s sad to see those who can’t (or won’t) enjoy life’s technological treasures/inventions but rather look to find ways to criticize. I can’t understand why such people even read these articles. Maybe if they would ignore all things Apple (products and articles) they’d live a happier life. I know my life has been exciting ever since I began exploring the world of Apple/Macintosh all the way back to Apple II.

Give it a go Bill and move on.

Substance

I am so tired of my news reader being filled up by ipad news. Its not like its revolutionary.  Its an iPhone with a large screen.

Not revolutionary?  I think you’ll end up taking those words back. 

http://iaveragemacuser.blogspot.com/2010/02/why-ipad-will-change-our-definition-of.html

The ipad will be filled with all the normal apple control and limitations…If apple wanted to do something righteous to maybe put a stab in android. Then they should fully release an sdk and allow more open sourcing and release some of their control.

I don’t think Apple is too worried about the Android phone.  Apple’s will sell millions of iPads, just like they have sold millions of iPhones, by targeting the “everyone else” market, a market that doesn’t know the difference between open vs. closed SDK’s and Apple’s developer store policies.  And guess what?  That “everyone else” market is at least 90% of the population.

With its focus on how well can it do the things that most people really want to do, instead of traditional computers which try to let people do as much as possible, the iPad will be more like an appliance (simplicity) than a computer (complexity).  It really could be the long fabled “computer for the rest of us” in part because it breaks free from several traditional computer paradigms that have been around since the birth of the microcomputer.

RonMacGuy

Great comments Substance.  Unfortunately, these trolls never seem to take their words back.  They just continue to criticize a successful company.

bill yomlin

I ain’t a troll fool. I’m an apple user whom of which is asking other apple users a valid question. I own 2 iPhones And a MacBook. Does that make me an expert? Absolutely not.
Y’all are acting like mindless fanboys .
one person asks a question and everyone jumps on their little soapbox praising their false idol.
If by owning apple products I could be misconstrued and out into the same fanboy genre as you folks then I may as well jump ship and get a win7 machine and a moto razr. Because I personally like my apple products but the 2 problems I have is being under such control an limitations. And the other thing is I don’t want people to feel about me the way you guys just made me start feeling about you.
So I’m going to go elsewhere and look for some intelligent objective people that are willing to discuss this issue without putting on their fanboy cape and over dramaticising.
I bid you farewell.

bill yomlin

By the way substance you are correct. Great comment. And my initial comment was meant for others like me And not the everyone else group. Yet the everyone else group seems to be the only ones who decided to reply.
Ill just go elsewhere I guess. Because I never Intended for this to become a “apple is the best and your stupid if you don’t see it” kind of argument. I just wanted to know why its getting so much hype and why their attacking HTC.
And don’t bother replying I wont be back.
Later.

RonMacGuy

Nice try Bill.  So where is your question?  Not a single question mark in your entire post.  What is the issue?  All I see are insults.  Please re-read your post and tell me it isn’t trolling and I would be glad to discuss with you.

Here is what I gather from your post (others have already discussed their opinions):

I am so tired of my news reader being filled up by ipad news. Its not like its revolutionary.  Its an iPhone with a large screen.
- To some extent, you are correct.  However, I don’t think we can say how revolutionary it will be yet.  The iPhone at first was not necessarily revolutionary (just another smart phone) until people started using them and all the apps were developed.  At this point, it became revolutionary.  Give the iPad 6 months to 1 year and we will see what revolutionary ideas people come up with for its use.  iPhones are used as musical instruments, remote controls for RC helicopters, and thousands of other neat uses.  But when you dismiss it immediately, you appear troll-like.  No offense!!

There is up to 3 other manufacturers that will be releasing similar devices and you don?t hear about them.
- Sorry, but like it or not, similar devices running the same old Microsoft software is not interesting.  For 10 years there have been tablet PCs but they have not caught on.  You hear about the iPad because of how successful the iPhone has been, and this is going to take that to the next level.

If people want to talk news then talk about how apple is so scared of android that they are trying to bully HTC which has nothing to do with patent infringements because their too scared to go after Google.
- So, you own Apple products?  This doesn’t seem objective to me.  Apple is suing just like all companies who have intellectual property stolen would do.  How can you say it has nothing to do with patent infringement?  Too scared to go after Google?!?!?  Give me a break.

The ipad will be filled with all the normal apple control and limitations. Yet people are filing in line to buy one like cattle lining up for slaughter.
- This is Apple’s business model.  This control keeps blue screens of death and incompatible drivers from messing up your computer.  This control keeps viruses from messing up your computer.  But, this control does not impose limitations - look at the incredible development for the iPhone that has happened and continues to happen.  I don’t understand your position.  Really.  And I think I am being an intelligent, object person here.

If apple wanted to do something righteous to maybe put a stab in android. Then they should fully release an sdk and allow more open sourcing and release some of their control.
- I’m not a developer, but I think Apple has released an SDK - I see it on their web page.  They seem pretty open for developers on applications to me, except for their desire to keep porn off their platform.

There have been a few revisions to the iPhone yet no Changes just adding a little functionality that other phones had from day one such as mms and video. Yet the iPhone still has the same stale outdated ui.  So to those buying the ipad it better be all you?ll ever need the day you buy it, because apples track record shows that they won?t change even though the whole world around them is.
- I really don’t understand these comments at all.  Each year Apple has released improvements to their iPhone software.  You call it an outdated ui, but millions of people (and millions of new people) are using this ui and loving it.  Apple likes to keep things consistent so that new users don’t have a huge learning curve.  Studies show that the Apple iPhone UI is much easier to learn and understand and get things done than any other phone out there.

Bill, you are welcome to go elsewhere if you want, but I don’t think I am a mindless fanboy here, and neither are the other posters I have read.  I own a Win XP system, a Win Vista system, and an iMac.  I use Win XP at work.  I do not own an iPhone, so the iPad will be my first venture (although my wife has had an iPod Touch, so I have some experience there).

RonMacGuy

Sorry if you were offended Bill, but the wording in your post was pretty insulting to begin with.  I am glad to have open discussions with open-minded people, but in my opinion you were immediately insulting and did not appear to be honestly asking questions that you wanted replies to.

I encourage you to stick around and be open to discussion.

Substance

Hey Bill, I can sympathize with your feelings.  But if you go back and take an objective look at your first post, I hope you can understand why it looks like a troll post to the rest of us.  No hard feelings.

I just wanted to know why its getting so much hype and why their attacking HTC.

For a good opinion piece on that subject, I recommend you take at Why Apple is suing HTC and not Google.

RonMacGuy

Hello?  Bill?  Are you there?

I guess I need to work on my people skills…

Substance, yell at me the next time I am mean to someone who is questioning Apple!!

wink

Ron

bill yomlin

OK guys I’ve had a few days to simmer. And I’m sorry for being such an a$$.I’m just having personal issues about apple and am fixing to move onto something else because I need more. And sometimes I forget that others aren’t like me and I’m not like them and that not everybody wants the same as me. I agree I should have worded my entire post different so that I could be understood better Instead of looking like a hater.
Its just that the constant talk about the ipad just kind of hacked me off because sometimes they push these things virally to the masses like its the arc if the covenant and a lit if people will buy it without knowing better. And I’m not talking about all users. Just the ones who only buy to meet status quo.
I have enjoyed my iPhone. But their putting more strongholds on the app store amongst other issues. And I really don’t want to jailbreak my phone.
So I’m sad to say that as of Monday I went to Verizon and signed up and got the Droid.
Its not the greatest thing in the world but it does everything my iPhone did and is pretty fast and stable. Plus I like that its open source so customizing is great. And I’m feeling good about my decision.
So again guys I apologise for coming off the wrong way.
I just wanted to get out of the iPhone clique and see what the world holds for me.
You guys take care and farewell.

RonMacGuy

Hey Bill, no worries.  I’m sorry for jumping to conclusions.  People just need to get along better in general.

Good luck with your Droid.  For you, open source and customizing may be appealing, but to the masses they just want something that works and are willing to pay a premium to get it.  What you view as strongholds in the app store others view as simplicity.  It’s all about what you as an individual is looking for.

Thanks for coming back and posting.  I respect that you posted an apology, and again I am sorry for jumping on you like I did.  I need to back off and relax!!

Ron

Substance

Nice to hear back from you Bill and that you’re in better spirits.  Hope the Droid meets your needs (sounds like so far, so good).

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