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US iPad 2 orders from Apple's online store now ship in 3-4 weeks

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Availability of the iPad 2 has begun to improve, as Apple has eased the estimated ship time to between three and four weeks for new orders through its online store in the U.S.

The new estimated shipping times for U.S. customers are an improvement from the previous estimate of between four and five weeks. But the wait is a little longer than some international orders, which are estimated to ship in two to three weeks.

The shipping improvement is only a week, but it's a sign that Apple is beginning to catch up with strong demand it has faced since the iPad 2 first launched in the U.S. earlier this month. It's also a good sign for the international launch, as there had been some concern that sales in 25 new countries would only exacerbate the problem.

The iPad 2 completely sold out at all retail outlets in the U.S. in its first weekend of availability, and stock has continued to trickle in over the following weeks. But there has also been concern about Apple's stock going forward, following the earthquake disaster in Japan and its potential effect on iPad components.

Last week, a report from the Far East indicated that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn had stockpiled enough components to continue to assemble iPad 2 units for at least another two to three weeks. It was said that if the situation in Japan did not improve, Apple could face a stockout of the iPad 2.



But for now those concerns appear to be unfounded, as availability appears to be improving with quicker shipping estimates. In addition, numerous readers have informed AppleInsider that their iPad 2 online order has shipped ahead of schedule.
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But for now those concerns appear to be unfounded, as availability appears to be improving with quicker shipping estimates. In addition, numerous readers have informed AppleInsider that their iPad 2 online order has shipped ahead of schedule.

I ordered my iPad 2 at 9PM on launch day... still waiting for it to ship. My cover is arriving today, but a lot of good that does me.
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I ordered my iPad 2 at 9PM on launch day... still waiting for it to ship. My cover is arriving today, but a lot of good that does me.

Ordered mine at 7am CT on Launch day, got my cover last week and my Fedex tracking shows the actual iPad2 will arrive tomorrow.
Pretty much 100% in line with what the estimates showed on my invoice.

It's been fun to a certain extent seeing it move from Hong Kong to the US and into the middle of the country.
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Ordered mine at 7am CT on Launch day, got my cover last week and my Fedex tracking shows the actual iPad2 will arrive tomorrow.
Pretty much 100% in line with what the estimates showed on my invoice.

It's been fun to a certain extent seeing it move from Hong Kong to the US and into the middle of the country.

All well and good to see my iPad2 cover moving... it would be nice to see my iPad 2 moving! lol.

It is annoying to see hundreds, if not thousands, of iPad 2s on ebay and craigslist though for 200+ more then the selling price. Since I have a job and a life, lining up every morning at an Apple store to buy an iPad 2 isn't an option.
post #5 of 45
Ordered my device at 6:00am PST on 3/11 and it shows a ship date of April 1. Meanwhile, the case I ordered from MacAlly already arrived.
post #6 of 45
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My cover is arriving today, but a lot of good that does me.

Stick it on your fridge, and you'll have a constant reminder of what else is coming soon.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Last week, a report from the Far East indicated that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn had stockpiled enough components to continue to assemble iPad 2 units for at least another two to three weeks. It was said that if the situation in Japan did not improve, Apple could face a stockout of the iPad 2.

But for now those concerns appear to be unfounded, as availability appears to be improving with quicker shipping estimates. In addition, numerous readers have informed AppleInsider that their iPad 2 online order has shipped ahead of schedule.

Not to be a downer, but this could just mean parts for assembly destined for Japan have been diverted to assembly for US and the other countries.
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Originally Posted by Masteric View Post

All well and good to see my iPad2 cover moving... it would be nice to see my iPad 2 moving! lol.

It is annoying to see hundreds, if not thousands, of iPad 2s on ebay and craigslist though for 200+ more then the selling price. Since I have a job and a life, lining up every morning at an Apple store to buy an iPad 2 isn't an option.


I think it's evident by many of the posts on this site that plenty of folks don't have a job and/or a life. I planned in advance to just order on-line on launch day and get it when I get it. I did NOT have a Pad1 so a few weeks more won't hurt.
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I think it's evident by many of the posts on this site that plenty of folks don't have a job and/or a life.

The bums and professional losers who have been camping out every single day and buying out entire stocks of Apple stores have made it into their jobs.

It's looking like stock will soon be plentiful enough and hopefully these losers will end up sitting on a bunch of iPads that they won't be able to sell for any significant profit and they will have just ended up wasting many hours of their time, which obviously isn't worth much to begin with.

Soon when all stores have stock, who is going to want to buy an iPad from ebay or from other shady people online, when they can get it cheaper from retail stores?
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Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

The bums and professional losers who have been camping out every single day and buying out entire stocks of Apple stores have made it into their jobs.

It's looking like stock will soon be plentiful enough and hopefully these losers will end up sitting on a bunch of iPads that they won't be able to sell for any significant profit and they will have just ended up wasting many hours of their time, which obviously isn't worth much to begin with.

Soon when all stores have stock, who is going to want to buy an iPad from ebay or from other shady people online, when they can get it cheaper from retail stores?


They will return in within 14 Days. Problem solved !
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The bums and professional losers who have been camping out every single day and buying out entire stocks of Apple stores have made it into their jobs.

It's looking like stock will soon be plentiful enough and hopefully these losers will end up sitting on a bunch of iPads that they won't be able to sell for any significant profit and they will have just ended up wasting many hours of their time, which obviously isn't worth much to begin with.

Soon when all stores have stock, who is going to want to buy an iPad from ebay or from other shady people online, when they can get it cheaper from retail stores?


Like this post.. wish this site just had a 'Like' button. Maybe it does.
post #12 of 45
Apparently the stores are getting them in pretty regularly. My boss just got two when his son waited in line in the early AM this morning.
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mmmmm......cheese!!!!!
post #14 of 45
Mine still shows the same ship date of April 19 that it showed when ordered 8 days ago.
Yet, apparently, I could order one right now and have it ship in 3-4 weeks, which is the 14th-21st. Maybe mine will ship earlier than it says, I hope.
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I wonder when it will finally come to normal 5 to 7 days shipping.
post #16 of 45
Apple site still showing 4-5 weeks for the 64GB 3G. Few other models show 3-4 weeks. Ordered mine on 3/11 and still shows a shipe date of April 1.
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Ordered my device at 6:00am PST on 3/11 and it shows a ship date of April 1. Meanwhile, the case I ordered from MacAlly already arrived.

That is what mine said (April 1 ship date). I ordered at 5:30 am Pacific time.

It shipped yesterday. On its way now.
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Originally Posted by Masteric View Post

All well and good to see my iPad2 cover moving... it would be nice to see my iPad 2 moving! lol.

It is annoying to see hundreds, if not thousands, of iPad 2s on ebay and craigslist though for 200+ more then the selling price. Since I have a job and a life, lining up every morning at an Apple store to buy an iPad 2 isn't an option.

On one hand, it seems like Apple should have expected to much much inventory ready for the masses to avoid scalping and get the iPad into the hands of those who actually want to keep it. Perhaps they should be allowing customers to purchase one at a time, seems only fair given the current supply. Then they could ease that once stores actually keep stock for more than a day at a time.
I am curious though, has anyone actually walked into any store, without waiting in an iPad line, and purchased the device right then and there?
It seems a bit unreasonable to have to wait a month.

On the other hand, it would be silly to produce and stock ALL the iPads necessary to let everyone get it right away, that would just create overstock and would totally kill the demand way too quickly. They'd be stuck with extra iPads in some areas and not enough in others, which isn't good for business in scenarios like this.

Hype and building desire is a good thing, but when there's so little stock that scalpers can buy it and sell them for hundreds of dollars more than the retail price, there's definitely a problem Apple should be working on solving.
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20 - 25 days
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Availability of the iPad 2 has begun to improve, as Apple has eased the estimated ship time to between three and four weeks for new orders through its online store in the U.S....

So, despite all the scary blog posts, the hand-wringing and the distorted stories about Apple having problems because of stupidity, the Japanese earthquake etc. ...

... all that's really happened is that availability was a tiny bit spotty for the first week or two. Wow.

the phrase "tempest in a teapot" comes to mind.
post #21 of 45
Existing online orders from Apple are getting updated now.

Mine just got moved up and it is shipping one whole day earlier!
post #22 of 45
Well worth it if you ask me.
The torture of waiting is not worth it
post #23 of 45
Heck, I figure I'll get mine when the iPhone 5 is about to come out and everyone is worried about something else. No doubt, long before then you can just walk in, swipe a card, and leave with your iPad 2. While I understand why some would want to be first with this thing (and more power to them), the iPad 2 is an impulse buy for me and I don't *have* to have it anytime soon.

OTOH, when I finally decide to plunk down my money, I want it at *that* instant. Waiting a couple weeks, even with the attitude I've got, doesn't work for me (I did say it was an impulse thing). In the meantime, I'd still like to upgrade my 4-year-old MBP to one of the newer models. Alas, the unit I'm looking at is between $3,000 and $4,000, so that might get pushed off for a while; nevertheless, it has priority over an iPad 2 because I actually *need* the MBP for work-related activities (and the DVD burner on my old MBP no longer burns; thank goodness they've kept the optical drive in the new MBPs as that's something I still use).

Looking forward to the day when iPad 2 units ship the day they are ordered. That will be about the time I'll get one.
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... It is annoying to see hundreds, if not thousands, of iPad 2s on ebay and craigslist though for 200+ more then the selling price. ..

Ah, but a lot of the time if you "buy" one of these, what you have bought is just a place in another queue and the person "selling" it is just putting your name on a piece of paper with the other dumbasses that don't want to wait.

Also, a big part of the delay is the shipping time which is often the same whether it's from some guy on craigslist as it is from Apple.
post #25 of 45
Are people really stupid enough to buy an Ipad 2 from Craig's List for $200 more when they can just wait? Why pay $200 more to wait? Might as well get it from a reputable source Apple!
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Originally Posted by AdonisSMU View Post

Are people really stupid enough to buy an Ipad 2 from Craig's List for $200 more when they can just wait? Why pay $200 more to wait? Might as well get it from a reputable source Apple!

I wouldn't pay those scumbags $1.00 more. It's a matter of principle, as far as I'm concerned.
post #27 of 45
There were two White 32 gig iPad 2s at my local Target today.
post #28 of 45
got 16GB white wifi (the one i was looking for) today from westborough (MA) target store. no line, just walked in and after me still one left in their stock. yesterday missed the last one in framingham target store in front of me. the new target store in marlborough east got some yesterday i was too late. looks like they are mostly getting 5 white wifi 16gb in a single fedex shipment at least in target stores near boston area. this tracking system really works:

http://www.gizmocrunch.com/apple/604...target-checker

also the best time is around noon to check availability. At least in Boston, it is still tough to get one from apple store unless you are ready to stand in the line very early. going to cancel my online order in a moment (expected shipping date Apr 11).
post #29 of 45
So I was at the top of the list since they started taking phone orders @ 5pm ET Friday March 11 for this model since launch day and got it today. 13 days from launch is not bad. Moving my unlimited data grandfathered account was easy peezy. Called AT&T 611 free on my Phone, gave 'em a couple of numbers turned it off and on in 20 seconds and it's ON. Just had a big power outage here in Santa Cruz and my iPad 2 keeps on trucking very fastly. Saved $87 in sales tax including the digital AV HDMI adapter they expect to get some of tomorrow.

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post #30 of 45
I walked into a Target yesterday and bought the 32 GB, Wifi, Black that I was looking for.

Of course, I have a script that checks the inventory of the 10 closet Targets and tells me which ones have stock of which iPads. On average, they are "Out of Stock" everywhere, but I can see when they get a delivery. (I don't actually see it enter their system, but the status of a model at a store goes from "Out of Stock" or "Available" between two successive runs of the script).

I started using it two days ago and would check a few times throughout the day. When a nearer store went from "Out of Stock" to "Available" on the model I was looking for, I hopped in the car and picked it up.
post #31 of 45
Just got a shipment of 20 iPad2's a few hours ago - I got 32 and 64 GB ATT models (white) - not sure what else was left, but looked to be about 10-15 left in the case...
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20 - 25 days

That's only for 16GB and 32GB, though. They don't even show the 64GB.
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That is what mine said (April 1 ship date). I ordered at 5:30 am Pacific time.

It shipped yesterday. On its way now.

Oh man...
Mine is still April 1:

IPAD WI-FI 32GB BLACK-USA
MC770LL/A
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t
Ships: Apr 1\t\t\t\t\t\t
Delivers: Apr 6
post #34 of 45
I ordered at 7 AM PST on 3/11. Invoice said my white 32 would ship on April 1st. Today I got an email that it just shipped and is due March 31st, a week ahead of schedule:
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Oh man...
Mine is still April 1:

IPAD WI-FI 32GB BLACK-USA
MC770LL/A
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t
Ships: Apr 1\t\t\t\t\t\t
Delivers: Apr 6

Hmm mine still says the same thing. They went ahead and charged my CC on the 23rd though, which I find kinda odd. They charged it for the cover and extra power adapter right away but also shipped them immediately. Maybe the order status just hasn't updated yet and the iPad 2s are shipping soon?

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I ordered at 7 AM PST on 3/11. Invoice said my white 32 would ship on April 1st. Today I got an email that it just shipped and is due March 31st, a week ahead of schedule:

Hmmmmmm my order was "Mar 11, 2011 at 06:41 AM PDT" for a 64GB 3G AT&T white and it still says 4/01 and no email
post #37 of 45
They're definitely cranking them out now. On my way out yesterday morning, I decided to pickup my morning Starbucks fix from the mall. And since I'm at the mall, I might as well swing by the Apple store.

I got there about 8:50. A few of the scalpers whom I saw last week were there again, as well as another guy that missed out with me; he told me straight away go inside and get my ticket. Scored! They had every model available. I went with the white 32gb wifi. It's a beauty! It even makes the nice solid muted thud sound when I close the smart cover, just like closing the lid on a MacBook Pro.
post #38 of 45
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Hmm mine still says the same thing. They went ahead and charged my CC on the 23rd though, which I find kinda odd. They charged it for the cover and extra power adapter right away but also shipped them immediately. Maybe the order status just hasn't updated yet and the iPad 2s are shipping soon?

Apple, like many other online retailers (Amazon, etc.), will break up orders with multiple items and charge you for the items they can ship immediately. Since you don't know this already, I assume you are a novice online shopper.

There is nothing odd for them to charge you for the products they shipped. When your iPad is imminently ready to ship, Apple will process the charge. They have no interest in charging much more than a day or two before they ship, due to thorny customer service issues that can quickly arise.
post #39 of 45
Ordered my 64gb wifi black on March 16. Was given an April 20 ship date. It still says April 20 as of right now. :/
post #40 of 45
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Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

Existing online orders from Apple are getting updated now.

Mine just got moved up and it is shipping one whole day earlier!

Great news!

Mine is still due to be shipped Apr 1, arriving Apr 6.

Funny thing is my cover shipped on schedule on Mar 18 and was scheduled to arrive today ( Mar 24). However, looking at the FedEx tracking it has been sitting in Memphis TN for a couple of days with a scheduled arrival now not even listed! I've never seen an arrival date disappear from a waybill before. I sure would like to get some practice in folding and unfolding that cute cover before my real toy arrives!

Serious question: Has anybody used a 3rd party case over the iPad2 + smart cover? Which ones seem to work?

Thanks!
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