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Apple says demand for the iPad 3 has been "off the charts"

The hype for new Apple products is not unlike teenage girls crying while waiting in line to see a cheesy pop artist, and it looks like that enthusiasm is as alive as ever with the upcoming iPad 3.

The iPad 3, which was announced at an Apple event in San Francisco, California by Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this month, will officially launch on March 16. However, new reports say all pre-order iPad 3 stock has been sold, and that March 19 is the earliest ship date for online orders. According to TG Daily, new orders could even take as long as three weeks to fulfill.

"Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased," said Apple in a statement. "Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date."

The iPad 3 features a 2048x1536 resolution, 9.7-inch display, the A5X processor with a dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU, a rear-facing 5 MP iSight camera, LTE radio and 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB options. There's a Wi-Fi only version and a 4G LTE compatible version that runs on Verizon and AT&T 4G networks.

Customers who want an iPad 3 on launch day will have to make their way to an Apple store or some other brick-and-mortar store that sells iPads.

It's not uncommon for Apple's latest gadgets to sell out for pre-order shortly before the release. Last fall, iPhone 4S pre-orders sold out at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, which are the three largest U.S. carriers. The iPhone even went on to crush Google's Android in U.S. Q4 sales, outselling Android-based phones 4-to-1 on AT&T and outselling all Android phones combined at Verizon.

Sources: USA Today, TG Daily

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RE: $$$?
By TheRequiem on 3/12/2012 10:51:10 AM , Rating: 2
They are as low as $299 now for a refurb, pretty easy to cough up $299 if you make $50k. It's not a matter of affordability, it's spending habits, some people are better and managing their assests then others and are able to afford an iPad. By this principle, most of the American public wouldn't have an iPad because of affordability, however, most of the country does have at least one PC so it's a matter of desire/ needing a tablet for computing, etc.

RE: $$$?
By Majes on 3/12/2012 11:03:36 AM , Rating: 3
Well, $299 I could do and it wouldnt hurt too badly. But these are the new ones that people are pre-ordering... That's 500+ bucks that some people are paying to go from 2 to 3...

That's crazy stuff...

RE: $$$?
By Rukkian on 3/12/2012 4:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
But if they don't buy it, they may not be as cool as Jon down the street when he gets the newest one and they only have an ipad 2!

RE: $$$?
By V-Money on 3/12/2012 7:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
I think what I don't understand is the why? I bought a touchpad during the firesale, and even then I could barely justify the cost. I use it to take notes in class, and sometimes to browse the web. I can't see using it for much else, for games I'll just use my phone because its more convenient or my laptop because it has better games, and for any real work I always use my laptop (I have ICS on the touchpad, so apps isn't an issue). I don't even use it for reading because my kindle's e-ink screen is so much nicer for reading.I know lots of people that have them but all they really use them for is words with friends and facebook (which I do on my phone). Its a serious question though, what do people use them for that justifies the $500-800 cost.

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