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New iPad Pre Order Ship Dates Start to Slip



The new iPad launched on March 7th, with immediate pre-orders. After an initial rash of downtime, the Apple Store began processing preorders swiftly.

Through the first 12 hours of demand, Apple processed countless orders and appeared to keep up with demand, but this morning ship dates started to slip.

(Read: Which New iPad Models We Bought and Why)

If you are planning on ordering a new iPad for delivery on release day, you should probably head over to and get your order in before the wait gets longer, unless you plan to camp out on March 16th.

So far the only models that have slipped are the new iPad 16GB and 64GB 4G LTE AT&T models. The good news is you only have to wait three extra days to get your new iPad.

white 4g lte ipad ship dates slip

Still, this is a sign that Apple’s iPad reserve could be nearing the bottom, for those orders to be delivered by March 16th anyway.

It is impressive to see Apple still offering the new iPad 16 GB WiFi model for release date delivery. Typically the lowest cost iPad sells out fast, especially at retail. Apple had reportedly monopolized shipments out of China to bring as many iPads to the U.S. and other launch day countries, and it seems that has worked.

(Read: New iPad 3rd Generation Hands On Video Roundup)

The other possibility is that Apple’s new iPad hasn’t resulted in the same demand to upgrade, demand that led to an iPhone 4S pre-order sell out, and over 1 million units shipped, in the first day.

new ipad preorder ship dates slip

We should have some idea about the number of new iPad preorders within the next day or two as analysts weigh in on estimated new iPad orders.

Until then, you can still order most of the new iPad models for delivery on March 16th, and avoid waiting in lines for hours.



  1. cyrways

    03/08/2012 at 8:13 am

    “Ships by march 19th” isn’t the same as “delivers on March 16th”, to me that suggests I would recieve it after the 19th.

    • Josh Smith

      03/08/2012 at 9:49 am

      If you go through to checkout it says Ships in by March 19th. Perhaps you would get it after the 19th. If you can’t wait I would go into the local store. 

      The main point is that preorders are catching up to existing inventory.  

      Oddly enough, if you try to engrave one of these models you can still get March 16th delivery.

  2. David Kausch

    03/08/2012 at 9:28 am

    I ordered one yesterday.  The order acknowledgment says “delivers on March 16th” not “ships on March 16th”.  We shall see if the pull it off.

  3. Seun

    03/08/2012 at 10:26 am

    I ordered one yesterday and received an email today to say that it has shipped from China and will be delivered March 16.

    • whatsjohnupto

      03/08/2012 at 10:45 am

      If you are in the US, it will ship from Cupertino. Not china. But, you say you have received and email saying it has already shipped? Very unusual. I have not received a shipping confirmation. You are lucky.

      • Mamastrongg

        03/08/2012 at 11:17 am

        I ordered yesterday around 4:30pm. I got it engraved. I, too, received a ups tracking number showing my IPad shipped today from China.

        • whatsjohnupto

          03/08/2012 at 12:11 pm

          Here is a screen shot of my order status. Preparing for Shipment. This is how it has been for several hours now. I ordered around 3:30 yesterday.

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