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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 testerguy on 3/12/2012 12:49:02 PM , Rating: -1
I personally disagree. I think for the cost of an iPad, you could not get a laptop which had even close to the graphical capability or battery life of an iPad. Throw in the epic screen resolution, the touch screen, the apps, depth, weight, camera, 4G and honestly there is no way a laptop can compete on price terms for the hardware involved. Practical differences, maybe, but not value for money.

That being said, I have never bought a tablet and I don't plan on changing that any time soon. Not because they are overpriced, but because I am not in a situation often where I feel I would benefit from one. I know other people are in these situations more often so fair play to them.

RE: $$$?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2012 1:12:09 PM , Rating: 1
Not sure where in my post you saw me making some value comparison between a laptop and iPad, but okay. I was making a popularity vs cost one I thought.

RE: $$$?
By testerguy on 3/12/2012 3:36:25 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough, I was going on this:

'I just think, for what they are, they are overpriced.'

For me, for something to be overpriced, there has to be a cheaper alternative with equivalent specs. Since no tablet has that, I assumed you meant laptops?

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