Online Demand For New iPad Far Exceeds Supply – Shipment of Pre-Order Delayed By Three Days

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As reported by Reuters, customers pre-ordering Apple Inc’s new iPad to avoid the release-day crowds at the company’s retail stores will have to wait longer to get their hands on the devices. The latest version of the company’s tablet, which was unveiled this week, is set to hit shelves on 16th March, 2012 in selected countries.

But tablets pre-ordered online will not ship to buyers until March 19, according to the company’s website. Earlier in the week, Apple had promised the newest tablet would arrive at customers’ homes on the launch date. Trudy Miller, an Apple spokeswoman, said the change was made because customer response to the new iPad had been off the charts, quickly exhausting the supply set aside for pre-order and delivery by March 16, 2012.

Hard-core fans of Apple devices, who vie to be the first to own the latest device, a three-day delay would be an eternity and could add to the crowds and chaos at the company’s retail stores.

Apple’s new product releases are hot events and there is carnival like atmosphere wherever it is released. Sometimes, it appears that new Apple products are being distributed free and that is why there are serpentine ques in front of Apple retail shops. Nobody can forget violence in China at the release of latest iPhone 4S. In January, enraged Chinese shoppers pelted Apple’s flagship Beijing store with eggs and clashed with police after customers were told the store would not begin sales of the iPhone 4S as scheduled.

Hope this time the product is released in peaceful manner as per schedule and there is no untoward incident in any country.

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