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Apple runs out of launch day iPads

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Sat March 27, 2010

New iPad preorders pushed back to April 12

Apple on Saturday quietly revealed through the Apple Store that it has run out of launch day iPads. New online pre-orders for all Wi-Fi iPads now won't ship until April 12th, or more than a week after the initial deliveries arrive. The delay comes two weeks after pre-orders began and an estimated 240,000 iPads were purchased sight unseen.

Retail reservations have also come to an early end.

The actual number of devices that will ship for April 3rd may vary as some of the pre-orders are for the 3G tablet, which is still on track for later the same month. Predicted sales don't, however, account for retail reservations as well as any units Apple is setting aside for impulse purchasing at its stores.

Apple's early sellout backs rumors of supply delays but also puts it in a position to beat out the iPhone for one of the best first-version launches in the company's history. If estimates are accurate, Apple would move more iPads on April 3rd than the 270,000 iPhones that were sold in the last two days of June 2007. It should also represent the most successful day for a tablet of any kind, including e-readers and tablet PCs.


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  1. russellb

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +8

    Monkey Boy .... Ballhmer

    Let me guess what Monkey boy would like to say:

    ha ha ha never work, the thing does not even have a real keyboard...

    What he is actually saying...

    Cry Cry Cry , hit head against wall

    So Microsoft with their massive research and development ability, massive pile of $$$$$ can only come up with a lame vapourware double screen table thingy...

    I think they have lost , if they ever had it, any ability to innovate and create.

  1. iphonerulez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +8

    Ballmer will say...

    iPad market share will merely be a... ROUNDING ERROR. Look out iPad, here comes the Microsoft Courier and with a genuine stylus.

  1. Fast iBook

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2003

    +10

    Not surprised at all..

    But good to hear it's official.

    - A

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    +4

    OK, Cleverboy

    'Apple's "visionary" status doesn't always work for all industries or products.'

    Name one. Name one industry that Apple has gotten involved with or released a product in which the 'visionary status' hasn't "worked."

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +3

    Well, let's name a few MSFT products that...

    Not so visionary, huh? Let's see how many items museums have on their permanent collection. Well, I lost count.

    Microsoft? Easy. I don't remember any.

  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004

    +6

    Comments

    I like Microsoft and I like Apple. And I like Google as well. I think the fanatics here who cannot see beyond their Apple-colored glasses are missing out. Each company has it strengths and weaknesses. It seems that many Apple folks have forgotten the very hard times that Apple went through in the past. If it had not been for the iPod...and the subsequent release of the iPod for the PC world, Apple would not be where it is today.

    How about making some positive comments instead of the "nya nya" nonsense that we read here so often. I am happy Apple is doing well and hope they continue to do so. Heck, we have fully converted over to OSX in our home; something I never thought would happen due to my wife's ideas of the Mac. Nonetheless, getting cocky is the last thing we want Apple to do. Take a look at Sony and see where hubris can take you.

    For the record, I am waiting for the 3G-based iPads before I buy one as I don't want t to be tied to only wifi.

  1. facebook_Chad

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    Joined: Mar 2010

    -4

    Best Buy

    I read yesterday that IPads will be available at Best Buys on release day. Darn I knew I shoulda pre-ordered.

    Lou
    www.feds-r-watching.at.tc

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    -1

    Apple/Jobs didn't get there by not being...

    cocky.

  1. dimmer

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Feb 2006

    -2

    Easy!

    "Name one industry that Apple has gotten involved with or released a product in which the 'visionary status' hasn't "worked.""

    OpenDoc
    eWorld
    VITAL
    iTools
    Pink/Blue Pink
    Printers
    Scanners
    CD-ROM drives (PowerCD anyone?)
    Claris x (where x is CAD, Works, Resolve, Draw...)
    Mac x (where x is Write, Paint ...)
    AppleTalk
    GeoPort
    A/UX
    Workgroup Server 700 and 900
    Pippin
    PowerSchool
    -- just off the top of my head.

    Apple is a great company and I support them fully: but they've had their "Whoops!" moments too -- we can't afford to ignore that.

  1. dimmer

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Feb 2006

    -1

    and

    Newton! (How could I forget that?)

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