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Confirming Friday’s report that new iPad preorder ship dates have slipped past this Friday’s launch date, Apple says that demand for the new tablet has been “off the charts” -- with many eager buyers already lining up outside Apple retail stores to make sure they get one on March 16.
USA Today is reporting that Apple has now confirmed selling out their preorder stock on the new iPad. After slipping to a March 19 ship date on Friday, Apple’s online store is now showing ship dates of two to three weeks for all models and colors of this year’s edition, with the iPad 2 models shipping in one to three business days.
"Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased," Apple said in a statement. "Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date."
With no more preorder units to sell, early adopters will now be forced to head to their latest Apple Store or authorized retailer come Friday, March 16 in the hopes of grabbing one. According to Cult of Mac, the new iPad is likely to once again have customers lined up around the block -- particularly since some lines have already started to form five days ahead of time.
“There’s still just under four days to go until the third-generation device goes on sale, but that hasn’t stopped the lines from forming,” the report reveals. “Ali and Zohaib are the first two people to set up camp outside of Apple’s Regent Street store in London.”
Those plum spots are already highly coveted, too: The pair claims they were approached by a passer-by on the street who offered to buy their place in line for the cost of an iPad!
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