The new iPad will be available March 19. Photo: Christina Bonnington/Wired
If you were planning to order a new iPad and hoping it would land on your doorstep this coming Friday, you have waited a bit too long. Shipping times for Apple’s new tablet have been pushed back so far, people ordering today may have to wait two to three weeks before their iPads arrive.
The new iPad’s launch date is actually this Friday, March 16. But last week, Apple’s website posted language stating that pre-orders will be delayed until March 19. Now the first batch of iPads is completely sold out, and if you order today, you’re looking at a late March delivery.
It’s not uncommon for shipping estimates to quickly slip for new Apple product launches. Demand is often extraordinarily high (with the iPhone 4S, more than 1 million units were sold in its first day alone). In the case of the new iPad, however, shipping delays could become slightly more problematic as only one of three suppliers is currently producing the much-celebrated Retina Displays for the new iPad.
The new iPad shares the 9.7-inch screen size of previous iPads, but adds a Retina Display, 4G LTE, and 5-megapixel camera. Inside, it’s got a quad-core graphics processor for improved performance on the 2048 x 1536 display.
Those who absolutely must have Apple’s newest tablet the day it debuts but haven’t yet pre-ordered will now have to brave long lines at Apple Stores. So, if this means you, pack an energy bar, water and patience, as you’ll be there for a while.
But, hey, at least you can mingle with other iPad aficionados.