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Originally scheduled to ship soon after the iPad launch in April, both the keyboard dock and 10W USB power adapter for Apple's tablet computer now have estimated ship dates sometime in the month of May.

In addition, the $39 iPad soft case, which was originally scheduled to ship on April 3 when preorders began last Friday, has been delayed until mid-April. The $69 keyboard dock was originally scheduled to ship in mid-April, and the $29 USB power adapter in late April.

Estimated shipping dates for the iPad dock ($29) and dock connector to VGA adapter ($29) remain unchanged and on schedule for the April 3 launch. In addition, the Apple in-ear headphones with remote and microphone still ship within 24 hours for $79.

Last Friday, Apple began accepting preorders for the iPad, set to launch on April 3. However, the company limited purchases two two per customer, for both regular consumers and businesses.

Apple sales representatives confirmed last week that initial orders for both businesses and consumers are limited to two per person. In addition, AppleInsider received word that the number of iPads shipped to each retail store location will be based solely on the number reserved for pickup at that store. In other words, fewer in-store reservations will mean a lighter stock of hardware.



While the Wi-Fi-only iPad is set to launch in the U.S. on April 3, the 3G-capable model, which carries a $130 premium, will go on sale later that month. In addition, international orders for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models will be filled in late April.
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This really blows. I wonder what the holdup is? I hope this does not turn into tethering for the IPhone.
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I doubt it. It's probably just a manufacturing issue... I bet they're expecting a large amount of orders for these accessories So they're stockpiling them until they can build up enough stock to sell them in volume.
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Ok, this is an article waiting for a misunderstanding. The orders are NOT delayed. Rather, Apple ships the products once they're made. This means that people have currently bought all stock to be produced in April (in the case of the keyboard and power adapter) and Apple will ship ones purchased now when they are available, meaning after they are produced. There is no delay, just limited quantities. It's called first come, first served. You buy late, you receive late.
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Doesn't a 10W power adapter ship in the box with the iPad? That's what it says on the Apple Store page. But then what appears to be the same adapter is listed under accessories. So, that is confusing.

Also, isn't this the same power adapter that works for the iPhone? Or not?
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Ah yes, the must have new product fever I had for the iPad has now dissipated with all these product delays.

I realize I'm a "Pro User" and have more mature computing needs and thus need a real computer, not a device dependent upon one. I also can get e-books on my MBP which has a nice non-reflective screen and stands all by itself, no extra leg help needed.

However if I know if any of my friends who have young children where the iPad would be of assistance I certainly will point them into that direction. Eventually those children will need to learn a real windows based GUI to function in society and get a job, so the sooner they transfer to a MacBook the better. But until then, a little extra structure doesn't hurt.

A Mac Tablet the iPad is not, although Apple tries to cleverly market it like that.
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I know some other sites are selling iPad accessories like cases, sleeves, chargers and adapters, but can one buy 3rd party keyboard docks or camera kits?
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Originally Posted by Woohoo! View Post

Ah yes, the must have new product fever I had for the iPad has now dissipated.

I realize I'm a "Pro User" and have more mature computing needs and thus need a real computer, not a device dependent upon one. I also can get e-books on my MBP which has a nice non-reflective screen and stands all by itself, no extra leg help needed.

However if I know if any of my friends who have young children where the iPad would be of assistance I certainly will point them into that direction.

However eventually those children will need to learn a real windows based GUI to function in society and get a job, so the sooner they transfer to a MacBook the better.

good for you. betcha you have one by xmas!
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post #9 of 55
I thought the reason Apple pulled out of macworld was so they could release their products whenever they want and when they are ready to go.
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I just checked my order and there has been no change in delivery dates. They are still quoting April 3rd for the case, April 15th for the dock and late April for the iPad 3G+WiFi. It appears the new dates are only for subsequent orders.
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I just called Apple and they confirmed that my orders of 2 iPads, 2 cases and 1 dock will be shipped on time and that only subsequent orders that have been submitted after the date the iPads went on sale will be delayed. This is purely another example of demand outstripping supply. Good news for me though, sorry for those who waited.
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I bet Apple is waiting to get it right. It will be SO worth it tho!
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Yes, this doesn't make sense. If it's the same power adapter as the iPhone, you can buy extra ones (with cable) anytime anywhere - right now. Soooo - what the hell is AppleInsider (or the source) talking about?

I smell a FUD-stock play.

As far as the keyboard - haven't seen any disruptions on the store - but I don't see why you use a "dock" keyboard instead of the wireless bluetooth one anyway. Unless you're trying to relive Apple II nostalgia having the CPU welded to your keyboard.
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This really blows. I wonder what the holdup is? I hope this does not turn into tethering for the IPhone.

This has nothing to do with and is not remotely similar to tethering. I've had tethering since Apple enabled it. Your gripe is with AT&T. These keyboard docks are likely just demand outstripping the supply.
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Originally Posted by farshad View Post

This really blows. I wonder what the holdup is? I hope this does not turn into tethering for the IPhone.

Jobs has gone on public record that the ipad will not tether. Officially. what the jailbreaking community comes up with is as always a different story.

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Also, isn't this the same power adapter that works for the iPhone? Or not?

I chatted someone at the online store and they say no. This adapter will work with the phone but the phone one will not work with the ipad. my guess is a different in Wattage but I didn't think to ask.

and yes one comes in the box. this is just talking about the standalones you might buy to have a spare or one at home and one at the office.

[QUOTE=Smiles77;1591672]This means that people have currently bought all stock to be produced in April (in the case of the keyboard and power adapter) and Apple will ship ones purchased now when they are available, meaning after they are produced./QUOTE]

that's what I was thinking also. the keyboard dock in particular is likely a hot item. They probably alloted a certain number of everything to the stores and what was left for online has been bought. which is why my order is still reading the same ship dates as when I placed it on Friday.

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Eventually those children will need to learn a real windows based GUI to function in society and get a job,

Assuming of course that 'society' when they get to that point still looks like today. It's possible that it won't and the 'real' gui you speak of will be going the way of the dinosaurs and dodos.
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Originally Posted by lehmanlaw View Post

I just called Apple and they confirmed that my orders of 2 iPads, 2 cases and 1 dock will be shipped on time and that only subsequent orders that have been submitted after the date the iPads went on sale will be delayed. This is purely another example of demand outstripping supply. Good news for me though, sorry for those who waited.

Only 1 dock?
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I think the reason is probably because Apple expected a similar attach rate (attachments bought per iPad) as on the iPhone, but anecdotally, I am pretty sure that the iPad will have a ridiculously high attach rate.

I think Apple was surprised by the number of attachments that were preordered.
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Originally Posted by Jerseymac View Post

I thought the reason Apple pulled out of macworld was so they could release their products whenever they want and when they are ready to go.

That was the excuse, but I think it either came down to a matter of money or someone ticking off Teh Steve.

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I thought the reason Apple pulled out of macworld was so they could release their products whenever they want and when they are ready to go.

I suspect the suppliers Apple relies upon is eyeballing Apple's $40 billion cash hoard and is applying pressure.

As you notice, there are a lot of accessories associated with the iPad, all the more avenues of supplier exploitation. For example if a supplier agrees to take less than they intended to provide products for Apple, then they have to take more time to get the costs down and incurs delays.


The old saying goes:

Cheap, Fast, Quality. Pick two, the third option suffers.
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Originally Posted by Woohoo! View Post

Ah yes, the must have new product fever I had for the iPad has now dissipated with all these product delays.

I realize I'm a "Pro User" and have more mature computing needs and thus need a real computer, not a device dependent upon one. I also can get e-books on my MBP which has a nice non-reflective screen and stands all by itself, no extra leg help needed.

However if I know if any of my friends who have young children where the iPad would be of assistance I certainly will point them into that direction. Eventually those children will need to learn a real windows based GUI to function in society and get a job, so the sooner they transfer to a MacBook the better. But until then, a little extra structure doesn't hurt.

A Mac Tablet the iPad is not, although Apple tries to cleverly market it like that.

A Pro user with more mature needs? Wow. I'm impressed. Can I give you some money? How about a hummer?

Look, this is about accessories, not about the use cases for the iPad. We get that you don't like it, don't want it, and have a very narrow view about what a computer is and must be. Fine. You're very mature, and very pro. Mmmm, sexy. But you're commenting on the wrong article. What's your goal in trying to convince us that the iPad is so lame and childish? To show off your impressive resume? To garner karma points? That's slashdot, dude, this is Appleinsider. Or are you here with ulterior motives?

I'm a more mature user than you are, and I need an iPad. It's going to be very useful for me. I'm sure my wife and kids will like it too. We'll enjoy using it together, separately, and in various parts of the house. We'll all be very mature about it, too. And professional. And we'll just have to all commit suicide at 18 because we won't be able to get jobs because we're too stupid to use the very mature and very professional window-based GUIs that have been the key to human success throughout history. Thanks for letting me know how futile the rest of my life will be. It's AI readers like you who make this site what it is. Sadly.
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Originally Posted by Archie Goodwin View Post

A Pro user with more mature needs? Wow. I'm impressed. Can I give you some money? How about a hummer?

Look, this is about accessories, not about the use cases for the iPad. We get that you don't like it, don't want it, and have a very narrow view about what a computer is and must be. Fine. You're very mature, and very pro. Mmmm, sexy. But you're commenting on the wrong article. What's your goal in trying to convince us that the iPad is so lame and childish? To show off your impressive resume? To garner karma points? That's slashdot, dude, this is Appleinsider. Or are you here with ulterior motives?

I'm a more mature user than you are, and I need an iPad. It's going to be very useful for me. I'm sure my wife and kids will like it too. We'll enjoy using it together, separately, and in various parts of the house. We'll all be very mature about it, too. And professional. And we'll just have to all commit suicide at 18 because we won't be able to get jobs because we're too stupid to use the very mature and very professional window-based GUIs that have been the key to human success throughout history. Thanks for letting me know how futile the rest of my life will be. It's AI readers like you who make this site what it is. Sadly.

Thank you. Well said.
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That was the excuse, but I think it either came down to a matter of money or someone ticking off Teh Steve.

According to what I read the promoters of MacWorld needed to move to Boston because it was costing too much in NY City.

Apple wasn't doing too well at the time and Steve insisted it stay in NY because it looked like a forced retreat moving it to Boston, but couldn't/wouldn't pony up the difference. He rightfully thought that Apple just being there at MacWorld made the whole thing work and why have to pay more.

So Steve pulled out and MacWorld declined as expected. The latest MacWorld show had a skit where actors reenacted Steve Jobs when he was forced out of Apple by John Scully, a obvious revenge insult to the proud Steve Jobs for pulling out of MacWorld.

I think it was a pecking order thing, Steve was cleaning house of anyone that really kept Apple alive while he was gone from the company.

The resellers got hit too.
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Assuming of course that 'society' when they get to that point still looks like today. It's possible that it won't and the 'real' gui you speak of will be going the way of the dinosaurs and dodos.


I though about that too and one has to remember a cursor based OS gives such fine control a finger can really never duplicate. These and other features really can't be duplicated with present touch UI.

Apple is working on other technologies that cameras track a finger point across the screen instead of actually touching the screen and blocking the view.

There has been complaints the iPad lacks a file system, delete the app and you delete all the files with it. Can't move files on the device neither.

So the Touch UI is still a bit immature, I give it some time and new technology and it will come around back to being a like cursor based UI eventually.

People are going to need more control over the screen, especially artists.
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Originally Posted by Woohoo! View Post

I suspect the suppliers Apple relies upon is eyeballing Apple's $40 billion cash hoard and is applying pressure.

As you notice, there are a lot of accessories associated with the iPad, all the more avenues of supplier exploitation. For example if a supplier agrees to take less than they intended to provide products for Apple, then they have to take more time to get the costs down and incurs delays.


The old saying goes:

Cheap, Fast, Quality. Pick two, the third option suffers.

Remember when everyone was calling a single buyer market unfair (to the flash industry). I guess this just proves they were wrong.
post #25 of 55
Don't you really need the dock if you are going to use the keyboard? I guess if you have it in the case and you use it in landscape mode tilted up, it would work okay. Just seems like when "typing" I'd want the iPad in portrait mode so I can get more text on a standard looking page.

As much as I want one, and have the apple gift cards to purchase one, I am going to wait until these things are freely available for sale with the accessories I want. I'm sure its going to be great, since the iPod Touch is not first generation and all, but I'm still willing to risk having to wait a few weeks or months in order to see how everybody loves their product... it'll make it that much more exciting to buy.
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According to what I read the promoters of MacWorld needed to move to Boston because it was costing too much in NY City.

Apple wasn't doing too well at the time and Steve insisted it stay in NY because it looked like a forced retreat moving it to Boston, but couldn't/wouldn't pony up the difference. He rightfully thought that Apple just being there at MacWorld made the whole thing work and why have to pay more.

So Steve pulled out and MacWorld declined as expected. The latest MacWorld show had a skit where actors reenacted Steve Jobs when he was forced out of Apple by John Scully, a obvious revenge insult to the proud Steve Jobs for pulling out of MacWorld.

I think it was a pecking order thing, Steve was cleaning house of anyone that really kept Apple alive while he was gone from the company.

The resellers got hit too.

The strong resellers survived, the others would have been taken out by big boxes anyway. Personally I'd rather have the Apple Store.
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Originally Posted by Archie Goodwin View Post

A Pro user with more mature needs? Wow. I'm impressed. Can I give you some money? How about a hummer?....

Ever wonder why old drunks act like children? Because they are so intoxicated all the time they fail to engage the world around them and mature.

Sound familiar?

Now you see the correlation with the iPad.

The conditioning of human intelligence and problem solving is also dependent upon the environment they engage in.
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The strong resellers survived, the others would have been taken out by big boxes anyway. Personally I'd rather have the Apple Store.

Yes some did, the resellers offer a advantage to businesses and schools Apple simply doesn't pay much attention to with their strictly retail approach.

After all, it's the local resellers that supported publishing with Mac's. If you called Apple at that time, that's who they referred your business too.
post #29 of 55
I think I'll be happy with it out of the box. No rush on the accesories.
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This makes me glad I went with the regular iPad dock and a wireless keyboard.
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Originally Posted by Woohoo! View Post

I realize I'm a "Pro User" and have more mature computing needs and thus need a real computer, not a device dependent upon one.

Can you objectively define what a "mature computer use" is?

This reeks of more like a condescending way of saying you have different uses than other people.
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I think I'll be happy with it out of the box. No rush on the accesories.

Totally agree with you here. I'll be happy enough with the unit for starters. I'll worry about accessories after that. Wonder if they'll have giant screen protectors for it like they have for the iPhone and iPods and if so, will they have matte and glossy options as well.
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I just called Apple and they confirmed that my orders of 2 iPads, 2 cases and 1 dock will be shipped on time and that only subsequent orders that have been submitted after the date the iPads went on sale will be delayed. This is purely another example of demand outstripping supply. Good news for me though, sorry for those who waited.

File under "useful information," which seems to cancel out many of the other comments in this thread.
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post #34 of 55
One accessory left out of this update is the Camera Connection Kit. It isn't even available for preorder on the site. I wish they would give some indication as to when that would be available.
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Ok, this is an article waiting for a misunderstanding. The orders are NOT delayed. Rather, Apple ships the products once they're made. This means that people have currently bought all stock to be produced in April (in the case of the keyboard and power adapter) and Apple will ship ones purchased now when they are available, meaning after they are produced. There is no delay, just limited quantities. It's called first come, first served. You buy late, you receive late.

Your post makes a lot of sense. (Of course, as a result, it will be ignored, since people would have nothing to ague about).
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Doesn't a 10W power adapter ship in the box with the iPad? That's what it says on the Apple Store page. But then what appears to be the same adapter is listed under accessories. So, that is confusing.

Also, isn't this the same power adapter that works for the iPhone? Or not?

many people buy a second power adapter so they can keep one in the bag in case they forget to grab the one from home.
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Ever notice that the people that think they're the smartest generally aren't? Prefect case in point with WooHoo. You imply that the iPad will somehow dumb us all down while the windows based GUI environment makes us smarter, or sorry, more mature. I'm sure plenty of people felt the same way about the GUI interface when it started to replace working with a command prompt. Ever consider that IF, and it's a big if, interfaces like the iPhone OS become the standard it may make us more efficient in our computing? Yes, there is still work to be done on the touch interface, but it is evolving very quickly now that it has gained acceptance. I'd expect more of the same in the future. "Pro" users, whatever that means to you, will always have the tools they need to do their jobs, and the iPad or similar devices is not meant to replace your laptop or PC yet. I pre-ordered one because I'll use it for times that I don't want to lug my MBP with me. Does it do everything that my MBP or iMac can do? No, and nor do I expect it to. People get so hung up on this "I'm a pro user so I fall into a superior class of computer users" thing. I use my MBP for all aspects of work and some side web design work. Does that mean I'm a pro user? Who really cares anyway. Just buy what you want/need. It's none of our business what you want/need just as it's not your place to judge those of others.
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Originally Posted by Woohoo! View Post

Ever wonder why old drunks act like children? Because they are so intoxicated all the time they fail to engage the world around them and mature.

Sound familiar?

Now you see the correlation with the iPad.

The conditioning of human intelligence and problem solving is also dependent upon the environment they engage in.

That's..... an extremely odd metaphor. And no, I really, really do not see the correlation, beyond "iPad bad like other bad things."
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post #39 of 55
My order was completed at 6:31 am MST on Friday, or one minute after the starting gun. Nothing has changed in the order status page for my selected accessories:

iPad 64Gb WiFi delivers 3 Apr
Keyboard Dock ships 15 Apr delivers 20 Apr
Case ships by 3 Apr
plain dock ships by 3 Apr
spare power brick ships late Apr


Thus first come, first served get the initial inventory. Later orders get stuff as it comes into the Apple supply channels. Sounds like normal business practice to me.
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That's..... an extremely odd metaphor. And no, I really, really do not see the correlation, beyond "iPad bad like other bad things."

Seems clear to me. Some of us are in danger of enjoying ourselves without permission.
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