New iPad online orders sell out of launch date units

Apple announced "the new iPad" on Wednesday and took pre-orders for the third generation iOS tablet the same day. People who were lucky enough to get in on the ground floor and order the new iPad right away will see them at their doorstep on March 16, the same day the tablet goes in sale in Apple stores and other retail stores.

But it looks like Apple has already sold out of its launch date units for the new iPad. Apple's online store now shows that if you purchase any version of the new iPad directly from Apple you will have to wait until March 19 in order to receive the tablet.

This sounds like good news on the surface for Apple, which kept the price of the new iPad the same for all of its versions compared to what the company originally sold the iPad 2 for in 2011.

While the new iPad is expensive compared to the cheaper tablets being sold by Amazon and Barnes and Noble (with the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet, respectively), it seems like consumers still want what Apple is offering, no matter what the price for the product may be in the end.

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I've seen some pretty downward spirals with Apple in some areas of the Company, but I'm not gonna get into it since I'm still in bed and too relaxed to support what I mean. All I know is Apple won't be slowing down anytime soon; not from a year from now or even two, but that doesn't mean a company can't lose it's touch.

Microsoft on the other hand is like a reborn seed ready to sprout and grow. There will be people who are Window Fanboys that say the upcoming OS is just another failed version, but they haven't attempted to apply Windows 8 to their daily computing lives yet. Touch screen Computers will have the finishing touch for what Windows needs, but those PC's that do not have that technology will still have the ability to be useful.

I'm just hoping Microsoft doesn't follow after other tablet touch technology companies that have 5ms+ delay when a writing input is being used. I can see Windows 8 having a bright outlook for consumers, it'll be up to Microsoft to market it right and hearing that they hired a individual from Disney, that shouldn't be a problem.....magical perhaps like Apple points out.

If I had a choice of a Windows 8 Tablet and a IOS tablet, Then it would have to be the Windows 8 Tablet since I use Windows 8 natively and it'll have a screen I see when I awake that'll have my information up to date in real time with the live tiles so I don't have to constantly check into an application to see if I've received any mail or messages. There's a lot that goes into me choosing Win8 over an IOS, but I'll find that thread to talk about in.

Whenever I turn my iPad on all the information is right there in a concise notification list and I don't need to visit the individual applications to get that information. It may not be as flashy ad Windows Tiles but it isn't as you say it is.

Now that 'real tablets' (Windows 8) are on the way it will be interesting to see how they sell when released. Will the hot Dell/HP/ASUS/Lenovo/etc sell out in a pre release? I wonder if you can even make comparisons like this to the iPad?

derekaw said,
Now that 'real tablets' (Windows 8) are on the way it will be interesting to see how they sell when released. Will the hot Dell/HP/ASUS/Lenovo/etc sell out in a pre release? I wonder if you can even make comparisons like this to the iPad?

I doubt it as they won't market them anywhere near as good as Apple does. Windows 8 tablets will be amazing but I can't see them outselling the iPad or even slowing it down. Just my opinion.

No Surprise. Apple could release an ipad 3.1 with a slightly different colour and slap "magical" and "revolutionary" on it and it will still sell out.

sam232 said,
No Surprise. Apple could release an ipad 3.1 with a slightly different colour and slap "magical" and "revolutionary" on it and it will still sell out.

People always say this but it's not true. The current Apple TV is an example of a product with very modest sales, because it's a fairly average product. If people bought anything apple released all the people with iPhones and iPads would have Apple TVs (especially at the price point it is) but they don't. So looks like you're wrong

DomZ said,

People always say this but it's not true. The current Apple TV is an example of a product with very modest sales, because it's a fairly average product. If people bought anything apple released all the people with iPhones and iPads would have Apple TVs (especially at the price point it is) but they don't. So looks like you're wrong

Your analysis is dumb, the market for the type of device that Apple TV is, is pretty small anyway. Plus Apple TVs are only really useful in the United States.

sam232 said,

Your analysis is dumb, the market for the type of device that Apple TV is, is pretty small anyway. Plus Apple TVs are only really useful in the United States.

Actually they are perfectly useful in the UK, now that Netflix is over here and you still have access to all the iTunes content. I can't comment on other countries but I'd imagine its the same. If my analysis is dumb your outright ignorance of claiming a device is useless in other countries is even dumber.

And you think the TV market is 'pretty small anyway'. Are you out of your mind?! Every TV in a home has the potential of having apple tv added to it. It's not rocket science to see where TV's are heading in the next 10 years. If it was good enough it has the potential to blow iPad sales out of the water, and because it's a lower ticket price it could blow the iPhone sales out of the water as well as there would be less barriers to buying one.

Anybody else notice the difference here?
The way Apple is now, I don't even know what "the new ipad" has that's new.
But if Steve Jobs were still around, I would've been convinced I need to have it.

It's times like these you can tell the company's lost a legend.

superconductive said,
Anybody else notice the difference here?
The way Apple is now, I don't even know what "the new ipad" has that's new.
But if Steve Jobs were still around, I would've been convinced I need to have it.

It's times like these you can tell the company's lost a legend.

yup.. tim cook is a pretty crappy salesman.. he tried sooo hard to impersonate steve jobs but i see it as almost mocking his memory ...

it would be like if a new CEO for microsoft started jumping around screaming developers developers developers developers.. it would just be stupid

DKAngel said,
still not getting my money =] the apple train is slowing down i think

Umm, how so? I don't see ANY evidence of that. Perhaps I need to put on my Apple hate glasses and read that article again. I'm pretty blind without my hate glasses on.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Mar 10 2012, 5:00am :

UndergroundWire said,

Umm, how so. I don't see ANY evidence of that. Perhaps I need to put on my Apple hate glasses and read that article again. I'm pretty blind without my hate glasses on.


Whaaaaa! He wrote something that did not glorify Apple for the gods they are. Therefore I must throw a temper tantrum and call him out as a hater. Whaaaa!

DKAngel said,
still not getting my money =] the apple train is slowing down i think

Because jobs is gone? Nonsense. Jobs didn't do Jack ****. It was the developers and engineers who did most of the work.

nohone said,


Whaaaaa! He wrote something that did not glorify Apple for the gods they are. Therefore I must throw a temper tantrum and call him out as a hater. Whaaaa!

The article states that they sold out for the initial wave of shipments. Yet DKAngel says that the Apple train is slowing down. No evidence provided. Yes, that is the very definition of a hater. Thank you for making it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR!

CMG_90 said,

Because jobs is gone? Nonsense. Jobs didn't do Jack ****. It was the developers and engineers who did most of the work.

I think the Microsoft Train is slowing down No, I will not provide any supporting evidence to my dumb statement.

UndergroundWire said,

The article states that they sold out for the initial wave of shipments. Yet DKAngel says that the Apple train is slowing down. No evidence provided. Yes, that is the very definition of a hater. Thank you for making it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR!

No, the definition of a hater is somebody that hurts the fragile little feelings of an Apple/Android worshipper. Doing a search on Neowin, I can find many occasions where your words could ve considered a "hater" but nobody complains when you do it. Maybe it is because they are not whiners.

UndergroundWire said,

I think the Microsoft Train is slowing down No, I will not provide any supporting evidence to my dumb statement.

Whaaaaa! I am going to pout and wonder why people are so mean because you said something bad and I don't like people who are mean because they are not nice and they are trying to hurt the feelings of other people who have their entire self worth in their choices of devices! Whaaaaa!

nohone said,


Whaaaaa! He wrote something that did not glorify Apple for the gods they are. Therefore I must throw a temper tantrum and call him out as a hater. Whaaaa!

Not at all, he wrote something in an article that stamps all over his accusation without any evidence of the 'apple train slowing down' at all.

nohone said,

Whaaaaa! I am going to pout and wonder why people are so mean because you said something bad and I don't like people who are mean because they are not nice and they are trying to hurt the feelings of other people who have their entire self worth in their choices of devices! Whaaaaa!

You are real mature. But if it makes you feel better making fun of what I wrote, go for it. I can care less. You are like a baby without his bottle right now. At this point, I'll do anything to keep the baby from crying.

Congratulations, you are a 100% right. I am the idiot for writing my statement. The Apple train is slowing down because you think so of all the evidence you presented.

DKAngel said,
still not getting my money =] the apple train is slowing down i think

Maybe if you keep saying that, keep posting it over and over, write it down on a piece of paper and stick it under your pillow at night, then your dream will come true.

DKAngel said,
still not getting my money =] the apple train is slowing down i think

At least they left station at some point...

Shadrack said,

Maybe if you keep saying that, keep posting it over and over, write it down on a piece of paper and stick it under your pillow at night, then your dream will come true.


His deep desired wish of owning an iPad.

nohone said,

Whaaaaa! I am going to pout and wonder why people are so mean because you said something bad and I don't like people who are mean because they are not nice and they are trying to hurt the feelings of other people who have their entire self worth in their choices of devices! Whaaaaa!

For someone who can't handle factual information, you have little room to talk.

I guess those chinese workers are not pumping these out fast enough.. time to bring in the next wave and force them to start their 15 hour shift..

But in all seriousness this is what apple does everytime for publicity.. kind of like how rock concerts do it so everyone lines up for the next one.. They could annouce it after they have been stockpiling them for a while but that is not an option because they need them to sell out or no one will take the line ups serious next time..

Bet they have extras and are just cutting them off a few days early so people line up at the stores.. why cant they take orders for future ipads made?? its a full circle of them making the media love the entire show at the malls next week..

PS its crazy they will have every store in the US stocked in exactly 1 week with about ~1000 per store .. with 246 stores in the US that is a quarter of a million that they will be holding back from shipping for the huge lines that they could just let people order and not wait in line.. .. oooooh man

Apple doesn't need to build any kind of publicity. Their earnings report is proof enough that they have the most desired products. Personally I hate the iPhone and love my Galaxy Nexus. I also love my Windows 7 PC because quite frankly I can not run my programs on OSX. But I love my 16GB iPad 2 Wifi. I even per-ordered the new iPad because I needed the GPS chip (which is only available on the 3G/4G LTE model) this time for testing my professional application.It is a great device and I see why it sells really well.

it is a great device and I have considered getting one for myself because it would make my business easier.. But dont discount apples marketing departments ability.. everything is planned like a fine tuned instrument down to the smallest detail..

Lachlan said,
it is a great device and I have considered getting one for myself because it would make my business easier.. But dont discount apples marketing departments ability.. everything is planned like a fine tuned instrument down to the smallest detail..

You mean Apple is the only company that plans things? I guess that explains why they are doing so much better than Microsoft.

UndergroundWire said,

You mean Apple is the only company that plans things? I guess that explains why they are doing so much better than Microsoft.

You twisted my words.. The planning they are doing is deceptive marketing in my opinion.. its like if Microsoft released the Windows 8 CP and they said all of their servers exploded because demand was so great.. This is just my opinion of course..

Lachlan said,

You twisted my words.. The planning they are doing is deceptive marketing in my opinion.. its like if Microsoft released the Windows 8 CP and they said all of their servers exploded because demand was so great.. This is just my opinion of course..

Marketing is supposed to be deceptive. I see it all the time. You want to be a nice guy? Have fun running your business to the ground. What was the point of Smoked By Windows? Can Android beat the Windows Phone in their silly little tests? Absolutely. Does the average user know how? No! What was the point of Microsoft saying they got 1 million downloads on the first day of Windows CP? Does that mean that if you were aware of it it was downloaded and the more and more people hear about it they will try it out? This is deception. Nothing more, nothing less. Singling one company out makes you a bit of a hater because all companies do it. Maybe you truly think that Microsoft is an angel and Apple is just the devil. In that case you need a reeducation of how business work.

That is why I am so happy I am not a company fanboy but a product fanboy. And damn proud of it.