In case you missed it, the iPad 2 officially went on sale online at the Apple Store at 1 AM PST today. Online sales started well before retail sales, but those ordering now will have a much longer wait than those currently standing in line.


In case you missed it, the iPad 2 officially went on sale online at the Apple Store at 1 AM PST today. Online sales may have started a good 16 hours before the iPad 2 arrives in physical retail stores, but if even if you order right now you’ll be facing a much longer wait than you probably would if you were waiting in line.

All models are currently available, but already wait times for shipping have gone from three-to-five days, to five-to-seven days, and are now at two-to-three weeks for every model save one: the black 16 GB 3G Verizon iPad ships in three-to-five business days as of this writing. Either the iPad 2 is doing amazingly well right out of the gate, or Apple put most of the available stock into its brick-and-mortar retail channels to ensure customers who braved lines don’t walk away disappointed.

A two to three week shipping timeframe for current orders puts the U.S. iPad 2 in line with Apple’s limited international release, set for Mar. 25. I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but if demand is stronger than Apple anticipated, those of us outside the U.S. should prepare for an extended wait as Apple scrambles to fill existing orders. Apple is limiting customers to a maximum of two iPad purchases, likely an effort to staunch the flow of overpriced resales through eBay, craigslist and other similar channels.

Customers hoping to get their iPad 2 from other online sources can check out AT&T, which is offering the 16 and 32 GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad models for sale right now, with a listed shipping time of five to seven business days. Verizon doesn’t begin its online sales until 5 PM today, and other outlets like Best Buy and Walmart have yet to begin or detail plans for e-sales.

Did anyone already place their online order? If so, when did you order it and what was your expected shipping time?

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  1. Placed my order at 1:10 a.m. PT, 3 – 5 day shipping time. :-(

  2. I ordered mine this morning just shy of 4am EST. The 32G black Verizon 3G was shipping in 3-5 business days. The smart cover, however, was set to ship in 1-2 business days.

  3. I ordered a white 16G WiFi on-line at 6:00 a.m. EST. According to my confirm it ships 5-7 business days BUT delivers Mar 22-29 (boo! my b-day is Mar 17). I’m glad I read this since I thought my engraving was the only thing holding up the works.

  4. I ordered a black 16GB Wifi online at 4:03 am EST and my confirm says ships 3-5 business days, delivers March 18-25.

    Now I’m glad I got up at 4!

  5. I ordered mine at 1:38 MST [22 minutes before the listed 2:00 am PST start time]. A 32G Black WiFi; ships 3 – 5 days, delivered March 18 – 25; perfect because it’s for my wife and her birthday is the 25th!

  6. I ordered a balck 32Gb WiFi at 8am EST, also got the message that it ships in 5-7 days but with delivery in 2-3 weeks.

  7. Ordered mine at 2:55a cst…..shows a ship date of 15-25th.

  8. I submitted my order for the 32GB (black) wi-fi version at 4:30 a.m. EST and my shipping estimate is Mar 18 – Mar 25.

  9. I order from apple at 3:50 AM EST. From what I read prior you were supposed to be able to start purchasing at 4 AM EST. I think purchasing started around 3:45 AM EST or 12:45 AM PT. The black 64 GB Wi-Fi iPad I order had a ship time of 3-5 days. At the time of purchase all iPads had the same exact ship time.

  10. I ordered a 32GB Black Wifi iPAD at 5:58AM EST online. Ships 3-5 days, estimate Mar 17-23. With Engraving.

  11. I set my alarm for 3:45 EST. When I woke up this morning the order page was already live, despite Apple’s claim that they would begin selling at 4 EST. I was lucky enough to get a white 16 GB device with a light blue polyurethane smart cover with ship dates of 3-5 days for the iPad 2 and 1-2 days for the smart cover. My account already says that it is preparing the smart cover for shipment so hopefully the iPad will also ship before the expected date. As of now, my iPad is due to arrive anywhere from March 18-25.

  12. Ordered the white AT&T 3G at 8:09am EST and quoted 5-7 business days for shipping and delivers Mar 22-29.

  13. Placed order at 4:00 am est. 1) 64 GB wi-fi black 2) leather smart cover 3) ipad 2 dock.
    Received email of shipping 1) ipad March 18 – 25th, 2) smart cover March 16 -21st and 3) dock April 7th.
    WTF. Why didn’t Apple outline the delivery dates at the time of ordering. I leave for holiday on the 23rd. This better be here by then. This is BS. I would have gone to the darn store.

  14. I ordered a white 32G WiFi @ 5:30am EST. My confirmations says an expected ship date between Mar 18-25.

  15. I ordered a black 32G wifi online at 1:11am pst and got a 3-5 day shipping time with no option for overnight shippment…boo but oh well I can wait I guess it beats standing in long lines at retailers.

  16. I read they actually apparently went on sale about 10 minutes before the 1 am pst time cuz i signed on about 5 minutes before the start time for my zone and they were already on sale, i placed my order at 2:57 CST when they shouldn’t have went on sale until 3 am CST and it was saying 3-5 business days for shipping, it is expected to arrive march 18-25th but just got an e-mail that my smart cover has already shipped and will arrive Monday

  17. I set my alarm for 3 am CST (when the orders were to begin in my time zone) and got it ordered right away. My confirmation email says 3-5 days with an expected delivery date of March 18 – March 25. I’m going to try to get one at a retail location today.

  18. I ordered at 3:45 AM EST. It said 3-5 days.

  19. I had ordered a iPad 2 and the time was 3-5 days shipping. I orderes it at 4 before they changed it.

  20. Ordered 64GB Wifi online. 2-3 weeks delivery timeline.

  21. I ordered mine (black 64GB 3G) around 03:50 (was surprised the store came online early) and the order says it will ship in 1-2 days (delivered Mar 18-25)

  22. Kristen Yocca Friday, March 11, 2011

    Ordered a white 16G at 4:15 this morning…ships 3-5 business days :)

  23. I ordered this morning and my expected delivery date is march 15 to march 18th.

  24. I orderd mine at 3:15 a.m. Central time. It said 3-5 business days with my engraving. the deliver date states March 18-25. The accessories say sooner (i.e.1-2, and 1-5 business days).

  25. Just ordered the 32GB 3G/WIFI (at&t version) told me expected ship time is April 1st! Ugh, the wait is going to KILL me! And thats the ship time. Expected delivery on the 8th. Should have set the alarm this morning. It’s true what they say. You snooze you lose.

  26. I ordered the white 64GB WiFi online at 4:07am EST. It will ship in 3-5 business days. I also ordered the RED Smartcover (1-2 business days) that has already been prepared for shipment.

  27. Yep…middle of the night. Was waiting… Apple billed credit card twice so one was refused. But authorization was made by the credit card company. Apple emailed me said their was a snafu. Waited on the phone at 6 a.m. for 35 minutes. They said all orders were 2 to 3 weeks EVEN THE ONES MADE AT MIDNIGHT AND EVEN THOUGH ALL ORDER STATUSes SAY 5-7 days! Said there were all kinds of problems from whereever to Japan to America etc.. All a bunch of crap.. Who knows? Bottom line is that Apple doesn’t have, nor had enough iPad 2’s to even supply the first hour of online sales…

    1. Let me update… Even my order acknowledgement says “3-5 Days” til shipping… BUT the APPLE rep told me that most likely won’t ship for 2-3 weeks. I hope he is wrong. Yes, i was an early bird. 2:45 cst.

  28. I ordered mine at 6:15 am CST with 3-5 day delivery. My brother in law ordered at 7:30 am CST with 2 – 3 week delivery.

    Wow, they are selling lots.


  29. Bought a black 64G wifi only at 2am PST, 3-5 days

  30. I ordered right after 1am and my ship time is 3-5days.. Guess early bird gets the worm..

  31. Ordered online at 5:45am EST. Shipping 3-5 days estimated delivery 18-22 March.

  32. I ordered a 64GB Wi-Fi only at 2:50am Central time and received a ship time of 3-5 business days. Not bad, I think. I’d love to have gone to the store and bought there, but my husband and I have jobs that conflict and this way we know we will get the one we want. We don’t mind waiting till next week.

  33. JoshlynMarie Friday, March 11, 2011

    i ordered my white 16gb wifi ipad at 3:00 am CT. and according to my order confirmation i’m set to receive mine within 3-5 business days but my deliver date is march 18-25. i ordered right at 3:00 am hoping i could get it sooner but then again I’m up against 4 million other people purchasing theirs online at the same time.

  34. Placed my order for the white 16gb wifi iPad 2 at 4:00 AM EST. My order status indicates a March 18-25 ship date. Also ordered a smart cover.. Ship date for that is March 15-18. Guess I’ll just admire the cover for a few days!

    1. Same with my ofder. First thing to arrive is the camera connection kit. Next the cover. Finally the ipad itself.

  35. Tried to order at 1:03AM PST and the “buy” buttons for iPad2 online were still not there-not until 1:20-1-25AM. Ordered black 64M Wi-Fi with engraving and shpg est was 3-5 days.

  36. I placed my order online at 4AM ET and shipping is 5-7days, however I then chaged my order to the White IPAD2 and shipping is from 2-3 weeks :(

  37. James Hoosac Friday, March 11, 2011

    I heard that numerous people around here have been asked by their foreign friends and relatives to buy iPad2 for them. Either because the countries are not on the international launch list, or even when they are, the foreigners fear, and rightly so, that the international launch will be delayed.

    If you look at Google Trend, majority of searches for “ipad2″ come from Asia countries, e.g. China, some of which are not on the international launch list.

  38. I just ordered mine…(11:00 a.m. PT). My order said “Ships in 2-3 weeks.” I’m really hoping it won’t be that long but, oh well. I’ve waited this long what’s another couple of weeks?

  39. Ordered at exactly 1:05 AM. Received confirmation email deliver estimate March 18 – March 25.

  40. I order my iPad 2 at 4:23AM my ship time
    is 3-5 days:)

  41. I ordered one at 1:00. Date of arrival between March 18 and 25. That’s just fine with me. Gives me plenty of time to play with it before I travel in the spring.

    1. Forgot to mention: black 3G 64G, black cover, camera connection kit.

  42. I ordered mine around 8:30am EST, and it has an April 1st shipping date. I’m hoping that’s an April Fools joke.
    The smart cover shipped today, which makes sense. I can use it to cover my impatience.

  43. At 5am EST the ship time was 3-5 business days. When I ordered it from Apple at 8:14am EST the ship time was 5-7 business days. A friend just tried to place an order and ship time is 2-3 weeks. She is heading to Walmart to wait 2-3 weeks in line….. :)

  44. I ordered a black 64G ipad2 on line today at 4:02am and my order stated the iPad2 would ship in 3-5 business days.

  45. I guess I just got screwed. There were only two people in my best buy line and I should have just waited. Instead I ordered online, said 3-5 days then got home and had a email saying expect April 6 was set to ship,and deliver before the 14th! I am ROYALLY disgusted! They know because of previous demand on other items how it would be, so why not release until you have enough. CRAP

  46. Tried to stay up late last night to buy my 32GB iPad… Fell asleep on accident at like 12:45AM PST and didn’t wake up until 7:00AM, AHHHHHHHH! Purchased it then and it already said 2-3 Week wait… But the confirmation email says I won’t get it until April 9th!!! WHAT?!

    1. yah its awful. i ordered my Saturday morning and mine says it wont be here until April 14th and I called and said that is not 3-4 weeks and all they could say was that my cover would be here this week which its already on its way…whoopee..RIGHT?!! A cover with no ipad..and the volume of orders is just too much they can’t guarantee anything, which i understand but almost 5 weeks? that’s a little ridiculous! Maybe it will come sooner?

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