If you were hoping to get a brand new iPad
shipped directly to your
house by the store launch date of April 3 and haven't already placed a preorder,
you're too late. Recently, Apple announced that customers who placed preorders after
March 27 will have to wait until April 12 for their iPad to ship.
began taking preorders for the iPad on March 12 and promised to get the device
in users' hands by April 3. Although customers who placed preorders with Apple
before March 27 will receive the device by the store launch date (assuming Saturday
delivery is available in your area), users who were slow at placing preorders
won't get the device until more than a week later.
Apple didn't give a reason for the shipping delay but did
say that customers who want an iPad on April 3 can still preorder the device
for in-store pickup or purchase the device at stores that day.
The iPad that will be available on April 3 will only connect
to Wi-Fi networks. It will cost between $499 and $699 for various storage
capacities. If you're more interested in a 3G model that will connect to
cellular networks, you'll have to wait until later in April and be willing to
pay $629 - $829, depending on model chosen. International customers will also
have to wait until later in April.