Apple has already begun shipping new iPad orders. Several readers reported receiving shipping notifications for orders placed on Wednesday, confirmed by a notification we also received.
Apple announced the device on Wednesday, March 7th, and the company is officially launching it on Friday, March 16th. To that end, our tracking number shows that it is scheduled to be delivered on the 16h, even though it shipped today.
If past product launches are any indication, FedEx will be holding these shipments until the day of delivery, but a few will end up slipping out early.
Apple’s Shipping Notification for New iPad