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Apple has paid UPS for special Saturday deliveries of its iPad on launch day, but some customers who live in remote areas will have to wait until Monday for the device to arrive at their homes.

All week, UPS employees Mike (@MikeAtUPS) and Thomas (@ThomasAtUPS) have been answering questions via Twitter from excited customers anxiously awaiting their iPad. Users have been sending their zip codes to the UPS employees to find out if Saturday delivery is available in their area.

"Gang, if you're not in a rural area (or, unfortunately, Hawaii), you should see your iPad tomorrow," Mike posted on his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

In other tweets, he said that the "vast majority" of iPads will be delivered on Saturday. In remote areas where UPS does not offer Saturday delivery, the iPad will arrive on Monday.

Most of the inquiries sent to Thomas and Mike show users being told they will receive their iPad on Saturday. However, a handful of those who have inquired will have to wait until Monday.

The employees also noted that although there is "confusing info" on status updates when tracking packages via ups.com, "operations are all on board for Saturday deliveries."

Earlier this week, iPads began shipping from their manufacturing location in Shenzhen, China. Many orders have sat for days at the UPS Worldport hub in Louisville, Ken.

After shipping began, some users began to receive e-mails from Apple notifying them that Saturday delivery is not available in their area. Apple also began refunding customers who had paid for expedited shipping of their iPad, as all devices ordered in time are scheduled for Saturday delivery, where available.

As of last weekend, Apple sold out of its initial run of orders, and new orders placed will not ship until April 12. In addition to direct purchases, the iPad will also be sold at all 221 Apple retail stores, most Best Buy retail outlets, and some Apple Specialist locations on the April 3 launch day.
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Mine is still in the air from China according to the tracking. Hope they fly fast!
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As of last weekend, Apple sold out of its initial run of orders, and new orders placed will not ship until April 12. In addition to direct purchases, the iPad will also be sold at all 221 Apple retail stores, most Best Buy retail outlets, and some Apple Specialist locations on the April 3 launch day


Rumor has it only 15 (5 of each wifi model) will be at Best Buys and the resellers will get one for display, but not to sell.

So Apple really wants to drive traffic to it's stores on this one, likely to upsell customers.

It's so sad the software selection at Apple Stores is so poor, perhaps by design?
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Mine is still in the air from China according to the tracking. Hope they fly fast!

A faster way would be for you to jump on a plane and meet it halfway.
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Rumor has it only 15 (5 of each wifi model) will be at Best Buys and the resellers will get one for display, but not to sell.

So Apple really wants to drive traffic to it's stores on this one, likely to upsell customers.

It's so sad the software selection at Apple Stores is so poor, perhaps by design?

All major productivity titles for Macs are on sale at Apple Stores. The rest are available online and for non-Mac devices, the App Store.

Since when was this ever a problem?
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Mine shipped from China 4:10a 4/2/10, but given the placement of the date line, it was actually 4/1 on the US calendar. Wonder which way the plane went?

Anyway, the UPS page hasn't updated for a day or so. Can't say I've ever seen a UPS truck operating on a Saturday in urban Seattle where I live. I was dubious about the Saturday delivery claim when I read about it. With all the claim of "fail" about iPad, I think this is the most likely thing the doubters will be right about.
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Mine just landed in KY
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All major productivity titles for Macs are on sale at Apple Stores. The rest are available online and for non-Mac devices, the App Store.

Since when was this ever a problem?


It just looks more impressive having a wall full of software titles and helps with hardware sales to new customers that's all.

My Apple Store has a small section, like the size of two normal refrigerators, it looks so desperate, those empty, beat up boxes gathering dust.

Downloading programs over the internet is a scary thing for a lot of general users, they are always scolded "don't do this, don't do that" by PC IT personnel at work because of Windows insecurities.

Even if the software couldn't be there on disk, there should be the display and Apple Store personal could install it and burn a disk for the customer.
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Personally, I don't think any of them were sitting on the ground in Louisville, despite what UPS tracking may show. If I was to take tracking at face value, my order was in Louisville earlier in the week, then jumped to a city 2,000 miles away, then back to China (where it was last seen as of today). I don't think any of them went anywhere until yesterday.
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A faster way would be for you to jump on a plane and meet it halfway.

Yep. Mine too. Not gonna hold my breath for anything showing up at my door on Saturday. I guess it is because I live in a rural area...you know Philadelphia. Or perhaps it is because I ordered my iPad late...a couple of hours into first day of preorders. It will be really upsetting if it doesn't show up because i only get 4 days off work a month (tomorrow being one of them), and I have no idea when I will get time to go pick it up from UPS, or will be home again to sign for delivery....this sucks. I hope the UPS tracker is wrong.
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Personally, I don't think any of them were sitting on the ground in Louisville, despite what UPS tracking may show. If I was to take tracking at face value, my order was in Louisville earlier in the week, then jumped to a city 2,000 miles away, then back to China (where it was last seen as of today). I don't think any of them went anywhere until yesterday.

You know. Your story gives me a little hope it will arrive tomorrow. Mabye UPS struck deal with apple to give faulty tracking information. I mean if I had a product that was that popular. I wouldn't really want anyone to know where a large number of them all are at the same time. So here's to hoping.
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Mine shipped from China 4:10a 4/2/10, but given the placement of the date line, it was actually 4/1 on the US calendar. Wonder which way the plane went?

Anyway, the UPS page hasn't updated for a day or so. Can't say I've ever seen a UPS truck operating on a Saturday in urban Seattle where I live. I was dubious about the Saturday delivery claim when I read about it. With all the claim of "fail" about iPad, I think this is the most likely thing the doubters will be right about.

Just keep checking, when it hits the US things go fast. The longest time is the flight from China.
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Yep the war against rural people is still being waged!

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A faster way would be for you to jump on a plane and meet it halfway.

Well seriously, you can't hop on a jet plane, like you can a freight train, but you can check when it is due to land and meet it on the taxiway and catch your iPad as they offload.
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Apple has paid UPS for special Saturday deliveries of its iPad on launch day, but some customers who live in remote areas will have to wait until Monday for the device to arrive at their homes.

All week, UPS employees Mike (@MikeAtUPS) and Thomas (@ThomasAtUPS) have been answering questions via Twitter from excited customers anxiously awaiting their iPad. Users have been sending their zip codes to the UPS employees to find out if Saturday delivery is available in their area.

"Gang, if you're not in a rural area (or, unfortunately, Hawaii), you should see your iPad tomorrow," Mike posted on his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

In other tweets, he said that the "vast majority" of iPads will be delivered on Saturday. In remote areas where UPS does not offer Saturday delivery, the iPad will arrive on Monday.

Most of the inquiries sent to Thomas and Mike show users being told they will receive their iPad on Saturday. However, a handful of those who have inquired will have to wait until Monday.

The employees also noted that although there is "confusing info" on status updates when tracking packages via ups.com, "operations are all on board for Saturday deliveries."

Earlier this week, iPads began shipping from their manufacturing location in Shenzhen, China. Many orders have sat for days at the UPS Worldport hub in Louisville, Ken.

After shipping began, some users began to receive e-mails from Apple notifying them that Saturday delivery is not available in their area. Apple also began refunding customers who had paid for expedited shipping of their iPad, as all devices ordered in time are scheduled for Saturday delivery, where available.

As of last weekend, Apple sold out of its initial run of orders, and new orders placed will not ship until April 12. In addition to direct purchases, the iPad will also be sold at all 221 Apple retail stores, most Best Buy retail outlets, and some Apple Specialist locations on the April 3 launch day.

Get your Ipad on Saturday even if UPS dsn't delivr to u on Sat-call yr UPS hub w/phone &trkg Num NOW-tell'm u will meet the truck Nrst u!
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The employees also noted that although there is "confusing info" on status updates when tracking packages via ups.com, "operations are all on board for Saturday deliveries."

Not much point in being given a "tracking number" that only comes up with "confusing info."
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You know. Your story gives me a little hope it will arrive tomorrow. Mabye UPS struck deal with apple to give faulty tracking information. I mean if I had a product that was that popular. I wouldn't really want anyone to know where a large number of them all are at the same time. So here's to hoping.

Sometimes the updates are a little slow. Best to keep checking, when it hits your local terminal chances is it is on the truck--hope that you have Saturday Delivery.
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Well seriously, you can't hop on a jet plane, like you can a freight train, but you can check when it is due to land and meet it on the taxiway and catch your iPad as they offload.


Heck why not just stand in the middle of the runway, arms stretched out wide and wait for the plane to land?

He's sure to get it real fast that way!


"Big bird! Give me my iPad!!"
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Yep the war against rural people is still being waged!

Hey when did we let North Virginia into the Union anyway?!?!

J/K J/K J/K J/K

And as for Hawaii.... No offense but anyplace as awsome as Hawaii MUST have a disadvantage every once in a while...
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Received a call from UPS today saying that I would be getting the iPad tomorrow and that I needed to be here to sign for it.
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Yep. Mine too. Not gonna hold my breath for anything showing up at my door on Saturday. I guess it is because I live in a rural area...you know Philadelphia. Or perhaps it is because I ordered my iPad late...a couple of hours into first day of preorders. It will be really upsetting if it doesn't show up because i only get 4 days off work a month (tomorrow being one of them), and I have no idea when I will get time to go pick it up from UPS, or will be home again to sign for delivery....this sucks. I hope the UPS tracker is wrong.

I wish I'd not been cheap and forked over the additional $12 for expedited shipping now :lol
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Hey when did we let North Virginia into the Union anyway?!?!

The same time we let in South Dakota.


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And as for Hawaii.... No offense but anyplace as awesome as Hawaii MUST have a disadvantage every once in a while...

Oh, all the time, it's mandatory. Biggest bunch of crybabies I've ever seen. Terrified of the mainland, afraid they would get lost.
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Yep the war against rural people is still being waged!

In Florida here we are semi rural and semi urban so i have a 50/50 chance
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post #24 of 79
My iPad is still flying in from China. This is why I reserved one at my local Apple store as well. Smart thinking pays off!
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I wish I'd not been cheap and forked over the additional $12 for expedited shipping now :lol


I wish you did too, well there is always the middle of the runway option.
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In Florida here we are semi rural and semi urban so i have a 50/50 chance

Yikes! A half-breed! Quick Marleen, get me my shotgun!
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Yep the war against rural people is still being waged!

No, we're not waging war against ALL rural people.

Just you.
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Mine just landed in KY

UPS had mine landing in KY Tuesday. They then pulled it back to CN and then I got a notice that they couldn't deliver it to me on Saturday and that I won't get it until Wednesday. Argg. Why can't I just pick it up at the UPS warehouse on Saturday?
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My iPad is still flying in from China.

AND BOY ARE IT"S ARMS TIRED!

/ducks
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My iPad is still flying in from China. This is why I reserved one at my local Apple store as well. Smart thinking pays off!


Wow! your going to wait at both the Apple Store and airport at the same time?

I got to have the name of your cloner!
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Hey when did we let North Virginia into the Union anyway?!?!

J/K J/K J/K J/K

And as for Hawaii.... No offense but anyplace as awsome as Hawaii MUST have a disadvantage every once in a while...

Must be a tough drive from mainland China.

(But seriously, folks. I'm here eight nights a week.)
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I imagine some researchers down south are going to have to wait a few days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2SeEzxMuE

Even if they did deliver it - the UPS deliveryman's arm would probably shatter knocking on the door.
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UPS had mine landing in KY Tuesday. They then pulled it back to CN and then I got a notice that they couldn't deliver it to me on Saturday and that I won't get it until Wednesday. Argg. Why can't I just pick it up at the UPS warehouse on Saturday?


Sounds like a erectile dysfunction problem to me.
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Received a call from UPS today saying that I would be getting the iPad tomorrow and that I needed to be here to sign for it.

Or, be like me and print/sign that pre-sign document via the link on the Apple shipping notification, and paste it on your door 3 days ago.

Fairly, these little boxes are going to be showing up all over, and I wonder if The Bad Guys will be out in force looking for them left on doorsteps. I gave "hiding" instructions to the driver. I figured it would be just my luck to have Mr. Brown show up while I was siting on the toilet or something. Or..um...well, you know what I mean.

UPS needs a tracking app for iPad. At this point, I think that's like dividing by zero, and universe ending paradoxes would ensue. Or that's the implication at least.
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AND BOY ARE IT"S ARMS TIRED!

/ducks


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Yikes! A half-breed! Quick Marleen, get me my shotgun!

Spoken like a Palin \
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I imagine some researchers down south are going to have to wait a few days.


Reminds me doctor, when can I play gynecologist and do some research down south?

I haven't got a few days! Right now!
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Spoken like a Palin \


Palin is a killer gal. Cute too. She'd truss your turkey.

I'd trade you Palin for my Marleen, her grills busted and headlight is out, but she cooks some good chitterlings.
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Mine left China at 2am CDT yesterday. (I have made the time conversion). I cannot determine where it is at the moment. UPS World services says that UPS does not deliver in Baldwin County AL (metro Mobile AL) on Saturdays. My UPS driver says they do.

So... We'll see tomorrow.
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Yep. Mine too. Not gonna hold my breath for anything showing up at my door on Saturday. I guess it is because I live in a rural area...you know Philadelphia. Or perhaps it is because I ordered my iPad late...a couple of hours into first day of preorders. It will be really upsetting if it doesn't show up because i only get 4 days off work a month (tomorrow being one of them), and I have no idea when I will get time to go pick it up from UPS, or will be home again to sign for delivery....this sucks. I hope the UPS tracker is wrong.


Yes.. I live in norman OK... Home of the Sooners... FEDEX delivers sat but Not UPS.. Why did apple choose saturday delivery! Seems just plan wrong!!!!!

Oh well, what can you do....
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