Apple limits iPad preorders to two per customer

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Apple on Friday began accepting preorders for its multimedia iPad -- both the Wi-Fi and 3G models -- with reservations limited to two per customer and free hardware delivery on the April 3 launch date.



The iPad starts at $499 for the 16GB model with only Wi-Fi. The 32GB model costs $599 and the 64GB option runs $699. All three, if purchased via the Apple online store, will be delivered for free on April 3.



The models with both 3G and Wi-Fi carry a $130 premium, with the 16GB model costing $629, 32GB for $729 and 64GB for $829. Those models are due to ship in late April.



Apple noted if Saturday delivery is not available in a customer's area, the iPad will be delivered on April 5.



The company also has an option to reserve the iPad for in-store pickup. The device will be available on April 3 at Apple's retail stores from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



The iPad also comes with complimentary telephone technical support for the first 90 days. The hardware, including the rechargeable battery and all accessories, carries a one year warranty. Coverage can be extended to two years with a $99 AppleCare protection plan.







Customers can also purchase accessories for the iPad, though shipping times are currently varied. The iPad Case, which runs $39, and the iPad Dock, for $29, are both expected to ship by April 3. The iPad Keyboard Dock is scheduled to ship in mid-April and costs $69.



The $29 iPad 10W USB Power Adapter ships in late April, while the $29 iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter ships by April 3. Finally, the Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic, which cost $79, ship within 24 hours.







The iPad box includes the device, a dock connector to USB cable, 10W USB Power Adapter, documentation, and a SIM eject tool with the 3G model. Mac users must have Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, while PC users can run Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or later. Both require iTunes 9.0 or later.



First announced in January, the iPad is Apple's long-awaited tablet device. It runs a new version of the iPhone mobile operating system and employs the same multi-touch interface that made the device one of the best-selling smartphones in the world.



In addition to browsing the Web, listening to music and watching movies, the iPad can also be used to purchase and read books, magazines and newspapers which will be available through the iBookstore, part of the iBooks application available for download through the App Store.



The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. It also reportedly delivers battery life of up to 10 hours. The device sports a 9.7-inch display and includes a 1GHz custom Apple-built A4 processor with the CPU and graphics on one chip.



The device has access to the App Store that has seen more than 140,000 applications released for the iPhone and iPod touch to date. Many of those applications will run on the iPad, though developers can write new, iPad-specific software for the hardware's larger form factor. This week it was revealed that nearly 17,000 have been confirmed by developers to be compatible with the iPad. About 40 of those require the iPad 3G, which includes a GPS receiver.
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  • Reply 1 of 151
    oneof52oneof52 Posts: 109member
    Got my 2!
  • Reply 2 of 151
    29922992 Posts: 202member
    BS!
  • Reply 3 of 151
    igeniusigenius Posts: 1,240member
    This reminds me of the times you wait in line for an hour at a nightclub, and then the place is practically empty when you get inside.
  • Reply 4 of 151
    Ah, no wonder AAPL is up (pre-market) another $2!



    We'll take it.....
  • Reply 5 of 151
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    Originally Posted by 2992 View Post


    BS!



    What's the big deal? Why not have someone else order on your behalf?
  • Reply 6 of 151
    finetunesfinetunes Posts: 2,065member
    Bummer abou the limit\



    But impressive



    "The device has access to the App Store that has seen more than 140,000 applications released for the iPhone and iPod touch to date. Many of those applications will run on the iPad, though developers can write new, iPad-specific software for the hardware's larger form factor. This week it was revealed that nearly 17,000 have been confirmed by developers to be compatible with the iPad. About 40 of those require the iPad 3G, which includes a GPS receiver."
  • Reply 7 of 151
    ddleeddlee Posts: 4member
    What Happened to the Camera Connection Kit?
  • Reply 8 of 151
    Is this a new announcement just made? I haven't heard anything about a 2 iPad limit.



    I bet there are a lot of people that wanted to get more than 2 that are very angry right now. Well...I guess they can't be too angry if they just pre-ordered 2 iPads.
  • Reply 9 of 151
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    Didn't they also limit the number of iPhone purchases for a while with one of the refreshes? (3GS?)
  • Reply 10 of 151
    abster2coreabster2core Posts: 2,501member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iGenius View Post


    This reminds me of the times you wait in line for an hour at a nightclub, and then the place is practically empty when you get inside.



    Heard your neurosurgeon say the same thing about you.
  • Reply 11 of 151
    danielswdanielsw Posts: 905member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iGenius View Post


    This reminds me of the times you wait in line for an hour at a nightclub, and then the place is practically empty when you get inside.



    Leave it to you to come up with a ridiculous gripe like this.
  • Reply 12 of 151
    danielswdanielsw Posts: 905member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 2992 View Post


    BS!



    NOT BS. Keeps the "speculators" from ruining it for the rest of us.
  • Reply 13 of 151
    vrfvrf Posts: 12member
    Hmm.... why isn't the camera connection kit available? Could it be that Apple did the sensible thing and actually added a USB port to the iPad?



    Or, are they doing the Apple thing, and not offering the option at all?
  • Reply 14 of 151
    igeniusigenius Posts: 1,240member
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    Originally Posted by DanielSW View Post


    Leave it to you to come up with a ridiculous gripe like this.



    It is not a gripe. It is an observation that artificial scarcity is an established technique for raising consumer interest. Sorry if it went over your head. I'll try to spell things out in excruciating detail rather than merely allude to analogous situations. HTH.
  • Reply 15 of 151
    jousterjouster Posts: 460member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 2992 View Post


    BS!



    How many did you want to pre-order?



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iGenius View Post


    This reminds me of the times you wait in line for an hour at a nightclub, and then the place is practically empty when you get inside.



    Why? Are you privy to some sales information denied the rest of us?



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iGenius View Post


    It is not a gripe. It is an observation that artificial scarcity is an established technique for raising consumer interest. Sorry if it went over your head. I'll try to spell things out in excruciating detail rather than merely allude to analogous situations. HTH.



    I think this is overblown. By some metrics, Nintendo left $1b on the table in un-met Wii demand. Apple likes its high-margin products. I think they would like to sell one to anyone who wants one. I believe this measure is designed to limit opportunities for flippers.
  • Reply 16 of 151
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vrf View Post


    Hmm.... why isn't the camera connection kit available? Could it be that Apple did the sensible thing and actually added a USB port to the iPad?



    Or, are they doing the Apple thing, and not offering the option at all?



    They are doing the Apple thing by ensuring vigorous sales of the iPad version 2, now with a webcam!
  • Reply 17 of 151
    andyappleandyapple Posts: 152member
    If the 10W USB Power Adapter is included with the iPad, why is it also sold separately? Just for the 6' power cord? Why don't they just sell the cord by itself? What am I missing here?
  • Reply 18 of 151
    And, for the record, a 2-iPad limit makes perfect sense for an item so "hot-off-the-press" (and sure to be in super-high demand). Let's see how the first crop fares before going hog-wild.



    I mean, imagine ordering 3 or more of the initial 27-inch late-2009 iMacs -- enough folks, both here and elsewhere, had enough problems just getting _one_ model that didn't have (sometimes severe) issues. This proved to be the typical "burp" in the system that pops up from time to time, but I'm glad that I missed this particular headache.
  • Reply 19 of 151
    jousterjouster Posts: 460member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by andyapple View Post


    If the 10W USB Power Adapter is included with the iPad, why is it also sold separately? Just for the 6' power cord? Why don't they just sell the cord by itself? What am I missing here?



    Presumably for people who lose theirs.
  • Reply 20 of 151
    andyappleandyapple Posts: 152member
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    Originally Posted by jouster View Post


    Presumably for people who lose theirs.



    Then the cord is included with the adapter that comes with the iPad?
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