Apple has reportedly sold out of launch day pre-order iPads in its online store, just two days after the tablet was announced. That said, new orders won't be shipped until March 19, meaning consumers who purchase the third-generation tablet now won't receive the gadget until after next Friday's launch date. The new ship date applies to all iPad 3 models, capacities and colors sold within the U.S.
However there's still a chance of getting Apple's new tablet on launch day. The company's retail outlets will supposedly carry plenty of stock on March 16 as well as partners like Best Buy, making it the company's largest iPad debut yet. In addition to the U.S., the tablet will also launch simultaneously in Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.
For customers looking to sink their money into a shiny new third-generation iPad, they'll be looking at spending $499 at least for the Wi-Fi only model with 16 GB of internal storage. For the 32 GB model, consumers will be expected to shell out $599 and a meatier $699 for the 64 GB version. On the WiFi + 4G front, these tablets will obviously be a bit pricier, costing $629 for the 16 GB model, $729 for the 32 GB model and $829 for the 64 GB model.
Signs of an immediate high demand for the new tablet surfaced on Thursday as the 16 GB and 64 GB 4G LTE models for AT&T were pushed back to March 19 while the 32 GB models kept their original March 16 launch date. The Wi-Fi models and Verizon models remained unaffected, keeping their original launch dates as well. The white 4G LTE models for AT&T appeared to be the first to be sold out.
The latest version of Apple's iPad features a dual-core Apple A5X SoC, a Retina Display, an improved 5MP camera, a slightly redesigned chassis and more. Those who pre-ordered the tablet first will likely receive a notice soon stating that the device has left China and is on the way. However the tablets won't officially be distributed until next Friday so that no one has early access
Apple also reduced the price of its 16 GB iPad 2, now costing consumers an easier-to-swallow $399 for the Wi-Fi only version and a heftier $529 for the 3G version.