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A week before the iPad arrives in nine new countries, Apple has begun shipping some international preorders, and has also opened overseas versions of the iPad App Store and iBookstore.

Some in the U.K. who purchased an iPad overseas notified AppleInsider on Friday that that their order has officially shipped. One order, placed on May 9, had its status updated to "shipped," though an estimated delivery date was not listed.

As with the U.S. launch, Apple has likely ensured that deliveries will not be made until Friday, May 28 -- the international sale date. Stateside customers who tracked their order through UPS saw the shipment sit in a holding pattern for days before the Saturday, April 3 delivery.

Unlike the April 3 U.S. launch, when only the Wi-Fi iPad went on sale, international customers will be able to purchase both the Wi-Fi and 3G version of Apple's new multitouch device. Next week's launch will occur in nine countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

In preparation for the launch, Apple has also begun opening its App Store and iBookstore for the iPad in overseas countries. Engadget received word from numerous users this week that the European and Australian App Stores are now up and running.



In addition, Apple has begun populating its international iBookstores with foreign-language versions of free, public domain Project Gutenberg titles. The books, such as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," are the same ones that have been available in the U.S. iBookstore since it launched.
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No wonder there are no iPads to be found in the stores!
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Originally Posted by Damn_Its_Hot View Post

No wonder there are no iPads to be found in the stores!

Pretty much. Looks like production levels are too low to really support the demand. Hope it stabilizes (or production ramp-up) in the next few weeks.

But hey... if Apple is selling all the units they can make, there are worse things to worry about.
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... As with the U.S. launch, Apple has likely ensured that deliveries will not be made until Friday, May 28 -- the international sale date. Stateside customers who tracked their order through UPS saw the shipment sit in a holding pattern for days before the Saturday, April 3 delivery. ...

This is not likely to be true at all.

The US launch was different in that it was the first appearance of the product. Also the delivery notices all state that the delivery would happen *no later* than the 28th. That's a written contract AFAIKS.

The logistics of making sure that all of the iPads arrive *before* the end of the 28th is bad enough. Why would they burden themselves (for really no reason at all), with the task of making them all arrive all around the world both no sooner and also no later than the 28th. The enormity of that task is staggering.

If they can make them come sooner than the 28th they will, just to limit their liability if nothing else.
post #5 of 75
Well that is my iPad order and I do hope it gets here before the 28th...

But the TNT shipment does not show a delivery date as yet.. just sent TNT express China
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Yay us. As with the early pre-order, iBookstore is not showing in the Canadian store yet. Though I did get ship notification of my SIM card.
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This is not likely to be true at all.

The US launch was different in that it was the first appearance of the product. Also the delivery notices all state that the delivery would happen *no later* than the 28th. That's a written contract AFAIKS.

The logistics of making sure that all of the iPads arrive *before* the end of the 28th is bad enough. Why would they burden themselves (for really no reason at all), with the task of making them all arrive all around the world both no sooner and also no later than the 28th. The enormity of that task is staggering.

If they can make them come sooner than the 28th they will, just to limit their liability if nothing else.

You are 100% correct, the iPad is out now, so no need to have a big launch day.

My order says 'Delivery by 28th May', which clearly shows it can appear before then.
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Yay us. As with the early pre-order, iBookstore is not showing in the Canadian store yet. Though I did get ship notification of my SIM card.

Yeah, most of that stuff from yesterday about the International stores being open already was false anyway. The US tech writers were just misinterpreting things and talking about stuff they had no knowledge of.

I'm also in Canada, and so far ...

- the iPad app store is *not* up and running
- the only iPad apps that appear are the crappy ones or the ""Universal" (iPhone/iPad) ones
- Pages, Numbers, iBooks, etc. are all still missing in action

Also, no one I know (out of about five friends ordering various models), has received a ship notice or even had their credit card charged.
post #9 of 75
I have been downloading free Project Gutenberg ebooks in ePub format to my desktop and syncing them to the iPad via iTunes. I add cover art by dragging and dropping images on the book when it is highlighted in iTunes before syncing.

If I download a French book, the interactive dictionary in iBooks is unavailable, whether the iPad is switched to English or French language, though the 'Dictionnaire' choice is available when a word is highlighted - there's just no dictionary available.

Does anyone have any idea if/when foreign language dictionaries will be made available on US iPads?

Apple's US site is quite clear that only the English dictionary is available currently.

Thanks.
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In the UK the iPad app store isnt like in the US storeas yet but you can put a search in for ipad and it bring up the ipad apps.

I bought Angry Birds HD which is an iPad only app
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"Shipped", means it's on a ship off the coast of China.
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post #12 of 75
May be some holiday delays en route?

21 May 2010 \t17:30:00 \tShenzhen \tRegional/national Holiday. Delivery At First Opportunity.
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Originally Posted by 8CoreWhore View Post

"Shipped", means it's on a ship off the coast of China.

As long as it isnt flying with British Airways...
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Originally Posted by satan_penguin View Post

Yay us. As with the early pre-order, iBookstore is not showing in the Canadian store yet. Though I did get ship notification of my SIM card.

yeah. me too. way to get me excited...

oddly enough the estimated arrival for the $0.20 sim was stated as June 3. not that i care to actually buy any airtime any time soon...
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May be some holiday delays en route?

21 May 2010 \t17:30:00 \tShenzhen \tRegional/national Holiday. Delivery At First Opportunity.

The 24th is Victoria Day in a lot of places also.
post #16 of 75
My 3G 64GB hasn't shipped yet :-(

Could be they're sending the 32's first, who knows, it's just a matter of checking every five minutes from now!

K
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My 64GB Wifi is "prepared for shipment"

Kind of hoping it does arrive before Friday, suppose to be going away after work on Friday so I'd have to take my laptop with me to set it up, which defends the point straight away
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I'm from Canada and my credit card was charged this morning. Shipping by May 28th.
post #19 of 75
It does look like things are progressing a little early.
When I viewed my order earlier today, the 'Cancel Items' button was available.
I have just had a look at the order now and the 'Cancel Items' is now greyed out.
That means the items are in the picking / shipping process and therefore can't be cancelled anymore.

Hopefully it will arrive early next week, a nice surprise from Apple.
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I'm from Canada and my credit card was charged this morning. Shipping by May 28th.

What model did you order? 3G or WiFi?

I have ordered a 64Gig 3G from Canada & mine has not shipped yet

I ordered within 15 minutes of the store going live. I just hope it does not go past the 28th. I'm tired of waiting.
post #21 of 75
Here in San Antonio, I decided to get a 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi) and then the next day I had one in my hand. I was very lucky.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Next week's launch will occur in nine countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

I'm from Australia and my iPad changed to "Prepared for Shipment" today.
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If I click on the Cancel button I get :-

Your item(s) have already been prepared for shipment, so they cannot be canceled. However, once they ship, you may be able to return them from the Order details page.

It's on its way!!!
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Originally Posted by nblavoie View Post

I'm from Canada and my credit card was charged this morning. Shipping by May 28th.

Does it say "Shipping by May 28th" or "Delivered by May 28th"?
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Wonder! Why would you click cancel?? I have been worried that I might accidentally click that button.
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What this all means in the US is that the iPad is basically unavailable. A quick trip to my local Apple Store today (Portland OR) revealed no iPads in stock, no idea when more were arriving, and no idea how long the waiting list was.

If the iPad were software it would be "vapor-ware". To paraphrase the X-Files "The iPad is out there"....we just don't know where!
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My uk 64g 3g model says not shipped yet but I tried the cancel thing and it says I cannot as it's already been shipped.
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"My uk 64g 3g model says not shipped yet but I tried the cancel thing and it says I cannot as it's already been shipped."

Can I have it ?
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post #29 of 75
Hi... I placed my pre-order on the 10th may with for a 64gb 3g ipad with orange microsim. I received the confirmation email saying delivers by 28th May and as usual saw that my the amount had been blocked as available balance on my credit card. On the 16th the hold was removed but apple says that the order is still fine and been authorised. I have not received a shipping email and it is not even preparing for shipment and should I want to will let me cancel the order...i get to the reason for cancellation screen and then stop as i don't want to cancel the order. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as like many of you guys have taken the day off work. By the way no orders will be delivered before the 28th according to apple as that is the official launch in the uk and they will hold it with tnt/ups until friday.

Thanks Rob
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My 3G 64GB hasn't shipped yet :-(

Could be they're sending the 32's first, who knows, it's just a matter of checking every five minutes from now!

K

My 3G 64GB one hasn't shipped either, and I placed my (Canadian) order literally 2 minutes after the Apple Store went back up.

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My uk 64g 3g model says not shipped yet but I tried the cancel thing and it says I cannot as it's already been shipped.

Apparently the UK order status site doesn't display "Prepared for Shipment" like it does elsewhere, so your iPad may already be prepared for shipment. The U.S. order status site, http://apple.com/orderstatus, seems to have the most reliable information.
post #31 of 75
Quite right chris24,

My order shows prepared for shipment on the US order page but not on the UK one.

I also ordered a case and an O2 sim, which I guess are going to meet up in famous distribution centre in The Netherlands. Well perhaps not the sim, I'm expecting that to arrive by 1st class post.
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Hi Guys,

just subscribed to the forums after being a long term A.I forum observer!

i too have pre-orderd a UK iPad Wi-Fi 64GB along with the camera kit and case and see it as prepared for shipment on the US order site but im unsure whether this means the money off my card has been debited or there is some kind of problem as mine has not yet progressed to Shipped

any ideas

Cheers
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Hi Guys,

just subscribed to the forums after being a long term A.I forum observer!

i too have pre-orderd a UK iPad Wi-Fi 64GB along with the camera kit and case and see it as prepared for shipment on the US order site but im unsure whether this means the money off my card has been debited or there is some kind of problem as mine has not yet progressed to Shipped

any ideas

Cheers

It won't be shown as 'Shipped' until it is in the UPS/etc system. Apple will send you an email notifying you that it is out for delivery.

Although a few units may ship a day early, if previous UK roll outs are anything to go by, 99% of the iPads will be delivered on 28th.
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Originally Posted by Flea24 View Post

Hi Guys,

just subscribed to the forums after being a long term A.I forum observer!

i too have pre-orderd a UK iPad Wi-Fi 64GB along with the camera kit and case and see it as prepared for shipment on the US order site but im unsure whether this means the money off my card has been debited or there is some kind of problem as mine has not yet progressed to Shipped

any ideas

Cheers

The camera kits are not due to ship until June, I hope this does not hold the remainder of your order up. Check your order does it say merge in transit or ship when all items are in stock?
post #35 of 75
My uk 64g 3g shipped this morning, just recieved the email now. It's says delivered on or before the 28th to my shipping address.
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The camera kits are not due to ship until June, I hope this does not hold the remainder of your order up. Check your order does it say merge in transit or ship when all items are in stock?

I've ordered the camera kit, case, keyboard & dock. Though the Shipping Options say "Items will be shipped when all items are available", the delivery date states "Estimated Shipping: Delivers by May 28th".
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If the iPad were software it would be "vapor-ware".

You have a strange concept of vaporware. Apple has shipped well in excess of a million units (possibly approaching or passing 2 million by now). That's hardly vaporware.

Supply is constrained and I hope they manage to ramp up production soon, but calling it vapor indicates a complete lack of understanding of the industry's history - including REAL vaporware products.
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My uk 64g 3g shipped this morning, just recieved the email now. It's says delivered on or before the 28th to my shipping address.

Cool. Which date and what time did you place your order ? Did you order any accessories at the same time ?
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Cool. Which date and what time did you place your order ? Did you order any accessories at the same time ?

Order place about 1am on the 10th. Ordered the case and a orange sim card as well.
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Order place about 1am on the 10th. Ordered the case and a orange sim card as well.

I order mine about the same time. I'll post when details of delivery come through.
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