New iPad orders won’t ship until April 3

New iPad orders won’t ship until April 3

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pre-orders of Apple’s iPad seem to be going very well. The company updated its Web site on Saturday indicating that any new iPad orders will ship by April 3rd, as pointed out by AppleInsider and other blogs.

Those pre-ordering today & going forward should not expect the pre-orders to arrive before April 3rd. The change in the pre-order shipping status suggests that Apple has completely sold out of the original online allotment of WiFi iPads. 3G iPad models still list a shipping date of “late April.”

Yesterday Philip Elmer-DeWitt reported that iPad pre-orders have topped 240,000 units, not including in-store reservations.

The iPad Wi-Fi + 3G is still scheduled to ship in late April, according to Apple’s Web site.

The iPad – which resembles a large iPhone with a 9.7-inch screen designed for Web surfing, games and media consumption – is Apple’s biggest product launch since the iPhone in 2007.

It goes on sale next Saturday in the United States, starting at $499 for the basic Wi-Fi model. The high-end model tops out at more than $800.

Although analysts’ estimates vary widely, some expect Apple to sell around 1 million iPads in the June quarter. Shares of Cupertino, California-based Apple closed up 1.88 % at $230.90 on the Nasdaq, after hitting a record high of $231.95.

By pushing the delivery date of new orders, it would appear that pre-orders have already accounted for all of Apple’s available stock. Though there has been a lot of speculation on how many iPads the company has ordered, nobody really knows for sure.

Some sources say Apple sold hundreds of thousands iPads since it began taking pre-orders on March 12. The source also speculates that the iPad’s first three months of sales could top those of the original iPhone’s first three months.

Apple also added a new iPad accessory, which is available for pre-order. The iPad Camera Connection Kit gives you a way to connect your camera directly to the iPad. Delivery for the $29 accessory is listed as “late April” on the Apple Store.



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