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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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By JackBurton on 3/12/2012 11:23:16 AM , Rating: 3
You probably have a large financial hole in you budget called "kids." You want expensive, THAT'S expensive. An iPad3 is basically free in comparison.

By JackBurton on 3/12/2012 11:24:58 AM , Rating: 2
Edit: Ah, the above post was intended to be a response to "Majes" post.

By CBRworm on 3/12/2012 12:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
No kidding! (pun intended), I didn't realize how much 'extra' money I used to have that now goes into the kids.

To me, $500 is perfectly reasonable for a device like this. $500 is an easy amount to justify. The issue is that I currently have a 3G 32gb iPad that is always out of storage space and I use it probably 20-30 hours a week. I would pay something solely for the new display, but I really 'need' to have the 64gb 4G version. Now it is $829 which is too much, $729 and I will still be out of space and for my uses will be paying that money for a nearly identical product, but with a better display. That's hard to justify, especially on top of the $729 that I paid two years ago.

I have considered selling the iPad 1, but for what it is worth, I would rather give it to my daughter who currently uses it when I don't have it with me.

I guess even then, assuming the hardware lasts 2 years it costs less than the data plan that goes with it.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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