When Apple announced its “new iPad” last week, pre-orders were made available the very same day. On that day, pre-orders suggested a delivery date of March 16, the official release date of the device.
That’s the perfect pre-order situation: skipping the lengthy lineups at Apple stores but still receiving the tablet on launch day. However, by the next day, pre-orders were already having their delivery dates pushed to March 19, the Monday after, in Canada and elsewhere around the world.
Now, just five days later, pre-order shipping dates have been dramatically delayed. If you buy a new iPad today, Apple won’t be able to ship it for “two to three weeks.” Not just in Canada, but all initial launch countries, including the U.S. and the U.K.
An Apple spokesperson told Cnet that “customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts.” The third-gen tablet from Apple boasts its famous Retina Display, among numerous other improvements such as a better camera, better graphics, and 4G LTE compatibility.
Apple’s “resolutionary” new iPad starts at $519 in Canada, while its last-gen iPad 2 is available—with no shipping delays, mind you—from $419. The tablet will be on sale in Apple stores and authorized retailers this Friday, but with these new shipping delays, bring a snack and your iPhone because the lines may get long.