Apple: iPad preorders sold out, demand ‘off the charts’

“If you are hoping to score a new iPad from Apple, you might have to wait,” Geri Coleman Tucker and Jefferson Graham report for USA Today. “Apple’s website shows March 19 as the earliest ship date for online orders of its popular tablet computer. And there is a limit of two per customer on the number of tablets that can preordered.”

“The shipping delays affect all models and price levels on preorders, according to the website,” Tucker and Graham report. “‘Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased,’ Apple said in a statement. ‘Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.'”

Tucker and Graham report, “Consumers hoping to snag an iPad on its March 16 launch will have to visit one of Apple’s retail stores or select Apple resellers… And if past is precedent, there could be long waits in line at some Apple Stores when sales begin at brick-and-mortar locations.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bring on the queues!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

25 Comments

  1. Kindle and Google’s worst nightmare, a cheap iPad has come true. If I can’t afford a new iPad there will be a lot of gently used old ones around for the same price as a crappy knockoff. And Apple did not have to hardly break a sweat.

  2. Expect to see more stories like this.

    It’s gonna take Apple 6-8 months before supply / demand level out.

    I’m glad that I’m not planning on getting one until November…

    1. Yeah I’m waiting a while too. I want one bad but not really in a hurry as my original iPad will do for a while longer. Of course seeing one in the Apple Store up close might change all that in a weak lustful moment…

      1. I’m staying away from Apple Stores. 😉

        The Retina Display at this size scale is brand new ground in the industry. Hence, in the coming weeks, there may be some shaking out relative to actual user performance and other unforeseen oddities etc, To me, waiting seems like a good idea.

  3. My black, AT&T, 64 GB, 4G, engraved with “In Memory of Steve Jobs”, is in Shenzhen, China, waiting for UPS.

    Delivery scheduled by the end of the day Friday.

      1. Will do.

        This is my first time to go for the engraving. I didn’t want to put anything personal on the iPad, thinking about how it’ll probably be owned by someone else down the line. Then, the thought just popped into my mind to do dedicate it to the memory of Steve – made me choke up a bit being reminded of our loss.

  4. You do realize that the media have picked this up and interpreted it the wrong way? They think ALL iPads won’t get delivered on March 16th, and that there is an unexplainable 3-day delay. CNBC is reporting it that way.

  5. Pre-order iPads sold out! I’m sure the media is already turning it into, “Pre-order iPads sold out due to Apple’s shoddy supply chain and inability to build more than 500,000 iPads for pre-order.”

    None of us know for certain how many iPads Apple had for pre-order. A hundred thousand? One million? Two million? Apple should have said to satisfy the media and leave no doubt that a record of iPad sales have been broken. Now the media can play that pre-order number up any way they want.

  6. I ordered two, a 32GB AT&T plus a 32GB Verizon. I thought to sell one when they arrived, then I observed the times weren’t adjusting back like the iPad 2. I cancelled the Verizon, now wish I had not, because that would have been worth a couple hundred dollars more in my pocket for someone who wanted it now, but couldn’t get it. May stand in line this Friday too, for a bit, to see if I have any luck.

  7. My wife wants one for her birthday, and I’ve agreed, but it looks like she’ll have to wait. Looking into alternative gifts to tide her over.

    ——RM

  8. My 64GB model left UPS Shenzhen on Saturday but didn’t leave UPS Hong Kong until today. On the other hand, the smart cover left UPS Shenzhen on Friday and left UPS Hong Kong 6 hours later (now in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada with promised delivery tomorrow). Wonder if they are deliberately slowing down delivery on the iPad so that it doesn’t arrive before the 16th.

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