New iPad Pre-orders Sell Out Around the World

Apple has already sold through its third generation iPad pre-order inventory and has pushed out ship dates for new orders two to three weeks. The new iPad model was introduced during a special media event on March 7 and Apple began taking pre-orders later that same day. The multimedia tablet will hit store shelves on March 16.

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The first wave of iPad pre-orders will arrive in customer’s hands on March 16, just like in-store sales.

The third generation iPad includes a high resolution Retina Display, a 5 megapixel camera, a faster processor, and LTE wireless data support on some models.

Apple’s new iPad is already a hot seller even though it isn’t in stores yet. The company’s website couldn’t keep up with demand last Wednesday, leaving frustrated customers unable to complete orders, and by Friday pre-order ship and delivery times were already slipping past the March 16 launch date.

Just because pre-orders are sold out, however, doesn’t mean customers won’t be able to get their hands on a new iPad this Friday. Apple will be selling the multimedia tablet in its stores, but there’s a good chance you’ll have to wait in line if you hope to pick one up.

Considering the response Apple had for the first and second generation iPad launches, plan to spend a long time in line this Friday, and show up early.