Not in Line or Waiting on UPS for Your iPad? I Feel Your Pain

Despite being an Apple fanatic, I’m not waiting in line to buy an iPad this morning, nor am I anxiously awaiting my friendly, brown-attired delivery specialist to arrive with one today. Don’t get me wrong: I am anxiously awaiting my iPad, but I won’t see it for a few weeks, as I ordered a 3G model the day orders were first accepted on Apple’s web store. It’s a bit nerve-racking for someone like me to miss out on today’s excitement, so I’m following things here at TheAppleBlog and around the web.

I did wake up to a few iPad-related emails this morning, however. First up was notice from Apple that “iPad is Here.” The message was sent to the same email associated with the Apple ID I used to place the order. It would be nice if Apple sent people like me a slightly different message, like “Thanks for ordering your iPad. It hits the stores today, so when your friends and family go ga-ga over it, you know where to send them.”

The other two emails I received were shipping notices. Now, I have to say when I opened the Gmail conversation, I was a bit excited. The subject line of the email is simply “Apple Store Shipment Notification Order Number #####” with my iPad order number. It turns out that the first shipment is my keyboard dock, which was still a bit surprising as there were rumors that it was delayed well beyond the iPad’s launch on April 3. When tracking the shipment, only billing information has been submitted to UPS, and there isn’t any actual shipment tracking information yet, so maybe there is some truth to those rumors after all.

My second shipment email notification contains my case and VGA connector. This shipment is actually scheduled to arrive on Monday or Tuesday, and based on the departure scan from Nashville, which is just three hours away, I expect to see it on Monday. Still, that will only whet my appetite, and part of me wishes I’d ordered an iPad without 3G so I could revel in today’s feast of instant gratification. (Patience, grasshopper.)

My day will probably be something like this: Breakfast with my family. Check iPad coverage at TheAppleBlog. Drive to the nursery and check iPad coverage on my iPhone. Come home, spread some mulch, then take a much deserved break and check iPad coverage. Work in the yard some more, shower, then check iPad coverage. Watch the final four tonight, checking iPad coverage at halftime and between games. You get the idea. No, I won’t be getting my iPad today, but I will be getting my iPad fix.

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