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Looks like Apple’s scored another direct hit with the new version of its ubiquitous iPad tablet device. The latest incarnation of the iPad, introduced just last week to an invitation-only audience, has been available for online pre-order for less than a week.
But all the units allotted to online sales are, it appears, gone.
That doesn’t mean fans won’t be able to get one in Apple stores, but those who try to purchase one in advance from the company will face delays of several days to several weeks.
Apple has sold out of initial supplies of the new iPad in every country where it will launch the tablet on March 16. The company’s now telling customers that orders will not ship for up to three weeks.
In the U.S. and Canada, all iPad pre-orders placed through Apple’s online store will now ship on March 19, three days after the on-sale date. Customers who placed an order very early in the pre-sale process were told they will receive the tablet on Friday, March 16.
What’s the rush?
Early adopters generally want to have the device in hand before anyone else does as a matter of pride and practicality. Showing off the new device capabilities carries great weight in this community of cutting edge tech users.
It’s also generally a good plan to get a popular device early, before supplies get even more limited and wait times for availability get longer.
It’s not like Apple fans aren’t used to the problem. When the iPad 2 debuted last year, it was sold out the first day of pre-order availability.
Some customers waited weeks or months to get one of the units.
Driving the demand this time around is the ultra-high resolution screen of the “new iPad” as the device is being called. It’s display boasts a 2,048-by-1,536 pixel screen, which is the same as the very successful iPhone 4S, which made it to market last fall.
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