New iPad Orders Pushed to April 12

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Shoppers waiting until the last minute to pre-order their iPad will be facing a week long delay now that Apple has pushed the ship date for new orders from April 3 out to April 12. iPad orders placed before Saturday are still scheduled for delivery on April 3.

The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad models are set to hit store shelves on Saturday, April 3, and the Wi-Fi plus 3G models are still scheduled for a late April release. Apple also pulled the option to reserve an iPad for in-store pickup on launch day.

Pushing out the ship date for new Wi-Fi iPad orders means that Apple most likely has run through its inventory for pre-orders, reservations and walk-in purchases. For shoppers willing to wait in line next Saturday, there’s still a chance they’ll be able to pick up an iPad on the first day of availability, but once the supply runs out it looks like it will be about a week before more units are available.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

Hasn’t there also bee rumors of screen shortages and/or changes in suppliers?

SirDennis

Note that it’s OVER a week as the initial orders will ARRIVE April 3rd while the late orders will be SHIPPED April 12th. It’s a minimum of two weeks delay for those who waited.

Rather than the rumored screen shortages causing the delay, I wonder if the online store move is an effort to get buyers into Apple and BestBuy brick and mortar stores (?)

Lee Dronick

Rather than the rumored screen shortages causing the delay, I wonder if the online store move is an effort to get buyers into Apple and BestBuy brick and mortar stores (?)

Possible. The stores are probably convenient to a majority of the USA population. Long lines of Apple customers generate a lot of media attention.

SirDennis

Yep - long media lines! Is this the first time Apple has included initial release hardware at a store (BestBuy) other than its own stores? I’m sure the lines at BestBuy will also be long, especially in those communities where there’s no Apple store. I do understand, however, that the BestBuy release will be in about 675 of it’s largest stores.

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