Of course, the news bit would have been more interesting if we knew how many iPad units Apple secured for online pre-orders… However, after announcing the New iPad on March 7 and letting customers pre-order units shortly after the Keynote, there are no Apple tablets left to pre-order.
The situation is global so besides the U.S., potential buyers in Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia are getting various delivery dates upon pre-ordering; these dates are past the official brick-and-mortar availability date, which is March 16.
CNet has been told that “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. Beginning Friday, March 16, the new iPad will be available for purchase at Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers on a first come, first-served basis”, said the Apple spokesperson.
In the light of the above, if you want to grab a New iPad on the 16th of March, you’d better wake up as early as possible and stand in line. Else, just wait a couple of days extra at home to get yours delivered by FedEx. Still, we’d like to see some numbers, if possible!