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.