New iPads play hard to get: On back order for 2 to 3 weeks


Shipping estimates for orders placed Monday morning.

Apple(s AAPL) may have already gone through its initial supply of new iPads available to ship by this Friday, but you can still place an order and get one of the new tablets in two to three weeks, according to current Apple website estimates.

Over the weekend, USA Today noted that iPads scheduled to arrive on customer doorsteps March 16, the first day the new tablets are available to the public, were already “sold out.” To be clear, you can still order a new iPad, but you won’t receive one from the first batch of shipments. The delay affects all models of the device.

Apple also told the paper that “customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts.” Apple introduced the new iPad with Retina display, the option of 4G networking, faster graphics processing and better cameras last week.

Apple does like to make an event out of first-day product sales at its stores, so it’s unlikely that the company hasn’t saved some of its supply for Apple Stores. That does make it probable that at least some interested customers will be able to walk into a store starting Friday and get their hands on one of the new iPads.



Blatant lies, there still are iPads available for pre-order at Apple’s website, they have not ran out at all and the fact that they are spreading this lie to increase interest means the iPad 3 is not selling as well as they expected it.

Erica Ogg

Which part is a lie? The website will let you order one now, you just won’t receive it for two to three weeks.


If it is printed on the Apple website then OMG those deadlines MUST be true! We are doomed!

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