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Apple Ran Out of Launch Day Preorder iPads Online

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.

  • How do I win one of these?
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  • ap3x
    Really!! no way.... I never would have thought. j/k
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  • jimmysmitty
    I love how they always sell out. I guess when you add features others have had for a while it sells out.
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  • thebee12
    The A5X is quad-core not dual-core
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  • grantmcconnaughey
    thebee12The A5X is quad-core not dual-core
    Not true... The A5X is dual core, with quad core graphics. Still, it's supposed to be a stunner! :)

    I won't be buying one (my iPad 2 is working just fine for me), but I seriously can't wait to see one and play with it for a little bit.
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  • roym6
    $699 for a tablet?!?! I'm not an apple hater, but there is a point where the price gets ridiculous, I'd rather get a laptop.
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  • christarp
    The iPad really is a great device, dunno why people get so pissy over it. Still going strong on my iPad 1.
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  • A Bad Day
    roym6$699 for a tablet?!?! I'm not an apple hater, but there is a point where the price gets ridiculous, I'd rather get a laptop.
    Yeah, at that point, you could buy a fairly nice laptop with that much money. I find it interesting how Apple has no interest in the middle and low budget market share, letting their other competitors dominate those.
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  • silver565
    Ah.. I see all the iSheep have received their orders

    It's interesting to note how a lot of people seem to think that the cpu is a quad core. Marketing flys in one ear and out the other with most of the important information not sticking? As long as it's Apple, new an shiny I suppose nothing else matters right?
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  • ap3x
    roym6$699 for a tablet?!?! I'm not an apple hater, but there is a point where the price gets ridiculous, I'd rather get a laptop.
    You made that statement like all tablets are created equal. You are getting what you are paying for and if you don't want to pay that then get a lower end tablet that fits your budget. iPad 2 or an Android solution will work great.
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