This will probably come as no surprise, but Apple’s online pre-orders, which began on Wednesday, March 7th, shortly after its Yerba Buena announcement event, are now entirely sold out.
If you weren’t able to snag your iPad during that pre-order period, be prepared to wait – Apple’s website is now showing March 19th as its earliest ship date for online orders on all new iPads (WiFi and 4G alike).
Don’t worry, if you missed the pre-order or just recently decided on purchasing that new iPad, you can still get one by waiting in line on release date, at Apple, Target, or Best Buy. Be prepared for a long stint in line though – it looks like you won’t be able to waltz in and snap one up right away.
Here’s what Apple has to say about the situation:
Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased. Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.
Last year, the iPad 2 flew off of store shelves, and customers who wanted one were forced to wait weeks or to make daily early morning trips to the Apple Store, hoping for new stock. There was a similar wait for the first generation iPad. Apple, which sold 15.5 million iPads last quarter, stands to exceed that number with the release of the new iPad.
Have you already pre-ordered a new iPad? If not, will you be waiting in line?