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Apple has once again improved estimated shipping times to two to three weeks for new iPad 2 orders through its online U.S. store, providing yet another sign that availability of the device continues to improve.

All versions of the iPad 2, in capacities from 16GB to 64GB and all wireless connectivity options, are now estimated to ship within two to three weeks. Purchases are still limited to two per order.

That's an improvement from the previous estimate of three to four weeks that Apple began advertising on March 24. Prior to that, new orders were estimated to ship in four to five weeks, leaving some buyers to potentially wait more than a month for their order to ship.

Overseas, new orders direct from Apple are also estimated to ship within two to three weeks. That's the same estimated wait that has been shown since the iPad 2 went on sale in 25 countries on March 25.

Apple has experienced crushing demand for the iPad 2 since it first went on sale in the U.S. in March. But Monday's updated shipping times are another sign that Apple is beginning to balance supply with demand for its second-generation tablet.



Lines for the iPad 2 have continued to form and Apple's overseas suppliers have worked to ramp up capacity to meet demand. Apple even expanded the retail availability of the iPad 2 late last month, offering it for sale at 500 RadioShack locations in the U.S.
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Mine still won't ship until Apr 21 and I ordered on Mar 24.
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Originally Posted by jmillermcp View Post

Mine still won't ship until Apr 21 and I ordered on Mar 24.

At which point orders were 3-4 or perhaps even 4-5 weeks. The new orders and yours are likely coming from the same batch. A batch that isn't yet totally consumed by existing orders and will be ready in about two weeks.

According to my inside sources, the Apple staff are thrilled by yet another change. Not only does it reduce pissy responses by folks chasing stock but the company would let them order iPads until things are stabilized. Down to like shipping in 3-5 days for at least a solid week or so. And they can't buy at their stores unless demand is totally filled for the day (which never happens with stock left over). Nor can they hold iPads for themselves, their friends or family. No special positive' treatment for working there
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What should we really believe? Your several reports that the Japanese earthquake affected supply of parts, hence Apple will soon run out of iPad 2, or that the availability of iPad 2 is improving?
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At which point orders were 3-4 or perhaps even 4-5 weeks. The new orders and yours are likely coming from the same batch. A batch that isn't yet totally consumed by existing orders and will be ready in about two weeks.

Right. When I ordered, it was 4-5 weeks and my shipment wasn't until April 28 with delivery into May but when the shipping time dwindled to 3-4 weeks, mine received a bump it shipping time.
post #6 of 65
They've moved up the expected shipping date on mine from 28 to 27 days.
post #7 of 65
Wasn't it 3-4 last week, and 4-5 the week before that?

Funny how that works.
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Originally Posted by rdjlexky View Post

Wasn't it 3-4 last week, and 4-5 the week before that?

Funny how that works.

Touché
post #9 of 65
My local best buy started to get them back in stock, so I finally got mine on saturday. They actually had a decent amount of them, and still do. Now I just need my DODOCase....
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Originally Posted by nkalu View Post

What should we really believe? Your several reports that the Japanese earthquake affected supply of parts, hence Apple will soon run out of iPad 2, or that the availability of iPad 2 is improving?

Nobody knows anything about Japan at this point.

Kobe earthquake 15 years ago hit an industrial city that has one of the biggest ports in Japan (which affected exports). Localized damage --- companies can shift production to other factories in other parts of Japan and use other sea ports to export their products to the US. Fairly quick rebuilding and their whole economy wasn't really affected.

The earthquake last month hit a rural area in Japan --- so everybody INITIALLY thought that it will cause even less damage to the whole Japan economy than the Kobe quake. Only now that they are getting the really bad news --- half of Japan (including Tokyo) will face rolling blackouts for maybe a couple of years. Reason? Half of Japan works on 50 Hz electricity and the other half works on 60 Hz electricity.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/bl...ids-2011-03-25
post #11 of 65
I ordered my iPad on March 16th. Still listed as not delivering until April 23rd. Why do I have to wait longer than a new order?
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Originally Posted by Doc_G View Post

I ordered my iPad on March 16th. Still listed as not delivering until April 23rd. Why do I have to wait longer than a new order?

I don't believe you will. I ordered mine two weeks...it's supposed to ship on April 20th and that date hasn't changed since I ordered. I'm counting on Apple to surprise me with early shipment.
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Originally Posted by Doc_G View Post

I ordered my iPad on March 16th. Still listed as not delivering until April 23rd. Why do I have to wait longer than a new order?

If you ordered today, 2-3 weeks out would mean your order would ship sometime between April 18th and 25th. Which is basically when your order will likely ship.

As has been mentioned, odds are new orders are being fulfilled by the same production batch that will fulfill your order. This production batch is scheduled to ship 2-3 weeks from now.

While it may seem like you have been "wronged" because you ordered first, the realities of production especially when done in large batches mean that orders placed after yours may ship at the exact same time. Think of it as a production window. Should customers who ordered after you have their orders artificially delayed if there is available stock?
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Originally Posted by chabig View Post

I don't believe you will. I ordered mine two weeks...it's supposed to ship on April 20th and that date hasn't changed since I ordered. I'm counting on Apple to surprise me with early shipment.

They will, don't worry. Mine shipped a week early (had ordered it late on launch day).
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

A... Overseas, new orders direct from Apple are also estimated to ship within two to three weeks. That's the same estimated wait that has been shown since the iPad 2 went on sale in 25 countries on March 25....

This is not accurate (at least for Canada).

When the iPad 2 went on sale all the orders said "2 to 3 weeks", but all orders slipped to four weeks shortly after and have stuck there ever since. There is a good likelihood that this will change and that we will end up seeing them earlier, but for now they all still say four weeks, which most definitely is a "slip" from the original promised date.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

This is not accurate (at least for Canada).

When the iPad 2 went on sale all the orders said "2 to 3 weeks", but all orders slipped to four weeks shortly after and have stuck there ever since. There is a good likelihood that this will change and that we will end up seeing them earlier, but for now they all still say four weeks, which most definitely is a "slip" from the original promised date.

actually no, they all say 2-3 weeks now for canada
post #17 of 65
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Originally Posted by Doc_G View Post

I ordered my iPad on March 16th. Still listed as not delivering until April 23rd. Why do I have to wait longer than a new order?

You probably won't. I ordered mine on March 14th and the shipment date had been listed as the 11th. It shipped this weekend without changing that date. Their dates seem to be a little padded to protect their ability to meet or exceed them.
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I ordered my iPad on March 16th. Still listed as not delivering until April 23rd. Why do I have to wait longer than a new order?

I ordered mine (64 ATT Black) on March 15. The order said that it would ship April 19 and be delivered April 22. I checked online with Apple every few days to see if the schedule was changing, based on the reports of early shipments, and even last night it was still the same. This morning, however, I got an email from Apple advising that my order had shipped and to expect it on Friday. This shipped two weeks and a day earlier than they had it scheduled. I'm delighted.
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Originally Posted by samab View Post

Nobody knows anything about Japan at this point.

Kobe earthquake 15 years ago hit an industrial city that has one of the biggest ports in Japan (which affected exports). Localized damage --- companies can shift production to other factories in other parts of Japan and use other sea ports to export their products to the US. Fairly quick rebuilding and their whole economy wasn't really affected.

The earthquake last month hit a rural area in Japan --- so everybody INITIALLY thought that it will cause even less damage to the whole Japan economy than the Kobe quake. Only now that they are getting the really bad news --- half of Japan (including Tokyo) will face rolling blackouts for maybe a couple of years. Reason? Half of Japan works on 50 Hz electricity and the other half works on 60 Hz electricity.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/bl...ids-2011-03-25

Thanks a lot for clarifying this. I appreciate it.
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Originally Posted by Dragrider View Post

I ordered mine (64 ATT Black) on March 15. The order said that it would ship April 19 and be delivered April 22. I checked online with Apple every few days to see if the schedule was changing, based on the reports of early shipments, and even last night it was still the same. This morning, however, I got an email from Apple advising that my order had shipped and to expect it on Friday. This shipped two weeks and a day earlier than they had it scheduled. I'm delighted.

Sweet! Hope mine ships two weeks early!
post #21 of 65
Apple haven't fulfilled a single online order in the UK yet. All new stock is going directly to the stores.
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Apple haven't fulfilled a single online order in the UK yet. All new stock is going directly to the stores.

Is there any way of finding availability in the stores?
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Originally Posted by Doc_G View Post

I ordered my iPad on March 16th. Still listed as not delivering until April 23rd.

Same here on both dates, mine haven't changed either.

(64g wifi black)
post #24 of 65
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Originally Posted by nkalu View Post

What should we really believe? Your several reports that the Japanese earthquake affected supply of parts, hence Apple will soon run out of iPad 2, or that the availability of iPad 2 is improving?

You should believe what the Apple online store is telling you.
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Originally Posted by rdjlexky View Post

Wasn't it 3-4 last week, and 4-5 the week before that?

Funny how that works.

Five weeks from now, you'll receive it a week before you order!
post #26 of 65
I was finally able to get an iPad 2 at the Apple Store last Thursday morning. Store employee said it was the first day since launch that they'd had more vouchers (for iPad 2's) than people waiting in line. So me thinks the tide is finally turning. Suck it scalpers!

I cancelled my iPad 2 online order (made March 15th) that morning, but kept my Smart Cover on order because the Apple store was sold out of red leather ones. I haven't had time to stop back and see if they've gotten any since...

My Smart Cover order is listed as- Ships:April 18, Delivers:April 21.
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Originally Posted by jmillermcp View Post

Mine still won't ship until Apr 21 and I ordered on Mar 24.

You have a crystal ball? Your order will ship before everyone who ordered after April 21.
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I got mine at 7:00 PM the FIRST day without standing in the 4-5 hr long line at all no scalping no games. There are ways to get these direct, from Apple at your local Apple store. I won't come right out on how but it is all straight up and within the system.

At least here in patent friendly Texas (NOT) lol they are really nice to us.

EDIT: I hope everybody gets theirs quick - I'm not trying to be a putz, just letting you know there are (or at least have been for both the iPad and iPad2) ways of working IN THE SYSTEM and getting quick service.
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Originally Posted by YodaMac View Post

I was finally able to get an iPad 2 at the Apple Store last Thursday morning. Store employee said it was the first day since launch that they'd had more vouchers (for iPad 2's) than people waiting in line. So me thinks the tide is finally turning. Suck it scalpers!

I cancelled my iPad 2 online order (made March 15th) that morning, but kept my Smart Cover on order because the Apple store was sold out of red leather ones. I haven't had time to stop back and see if they've gotten any since...

My Smart Cover order is listed as- Ships:April 18, Delivers:April 21.

Congrats - I got the Red leather on Black 64G cell, been using it since first day - you will love it.
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Originally Posted by Damn_Its_Hot View Post

I got mine at 7:00 PM the FIRST day without standing in the 4-5 hr long line at all no scalping no games. There are ways to get these direct, from Apple at your local Apple store. I won't come right out on how but it is all straight up and within the system.

At least here in patent friendly Texas (NOT) lol they are really nice to us.

EDIT: I hope everybody gets theirs quick - I'm not trying to be a putz, just letting you know there are (or at least have been for both the iPad and iPad2) ways of working IN THE SYSTEM and getting quick service.

What a jackass
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Originally Posted by cameronj View Post

You have a crystal ball? Your order will ship before everyone who ordered after April 21.

Huh?
post #32 of 65
It's great to move up the delivery on new orders. What about existing orders? I placed mine mid-March and my ship date is still set for the last week in April.
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Originally Posted by John78259 View Post

It's great to move up the delivery on new orders. What about existing orders? I placed mine mid-March and my ship date is still set for the last week in April.

Your order will ship before everyone who ordered the same model after you.
post #34 of 65
Ordered mine around 8:30am PST on 3/11. I didn't want to wait up until 1am. Orginal ship date was 4/1. It actually shipped on 3/28 and arrived on 3/31.
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Five weeks from now, you'll receive it a week before you order!

This is great news! What an innovation in customer service!!

No longer to I have to agonize over whether or not I really need one or where the funds will come from--I just need to wait until I get one in the mail and then order it a week later! Hassle free ordering from Apple.
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This is great news! What an innovation in customer service!!

No longer to I have to agonize over whether or not I really need one or where the funds will come from--I just need to wait until I get one in the mail and then order it a week later! Hassle free ordering from Apple.
It's magical.

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Originally Posted by Dragrider View Post

I ordered mine (64 ATT Black) on March 15. The order said that it would ship April 19 and be delivered April 22. I checked online with Apple every few days to see if the schedule was changing, based on the reports of early shipments, and even last night it was still the same. This morning, however, I got an email from Apple advising that my order had shipped and to expect it on Friday. This shipped two weeks and a day earlier than they had it scheduled. I'm delighted.

I ordered the same on March 11, within the first 25 minutes online ordering started. It shipped March 18 and arrived March 22, right when they said it would. The odd thing was, I never got the shipment notification. I didn't realize it had shipped until the day before it arrived when I checked the status online. Oddly, the smart cover I had ordered with the iPad arrived the week before.

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post #38 of 65
There are new ipads everyday at the downtown montreal Apple Store. They get into inventory between 9pm and midnight and get reserved online so they are still never available if you walk-in the store. I just check and there was still a few white 16g wifi models.

I also ask a guy at Best Buy in the Montreal area and they received about 20 per day every day and sold out in the morning. And this is just one store of the many in Montreal. I don't know how many ipads Apple sold but I think its huge, lots of devices are getting delivered to stores but are immediately sold.
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Originally Posted by jmillermcp View Post

Mine still won't ship until Apr 21 and I ordered on Mar 24.

Mine is due to ship on the 15th (ordered 24th as well) but is currently under the "prepared for shipping" title.

It may occur sooner than expected..
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Ordered two on the 19th, and it still shows as shipping on the 21st of this month. I'll be checking it once an hour now to see if the status has changed. Seems to me that if someone else ordered on the 24th, and they're getting theirs early, mine would change as well.
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