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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 Solandri on 3/12/2012 5:23:17 PM , Rating: 4
Most Apple fans buying multiple iPads aren't in fact expecting different results, else they wouldn't be repeat buyers.

The insane people are those who keep switching products because they products they buy don't meet their needs; Palm to WM to RIM to Android would be an example.

You have that backwards. A rational person buys a new product to replace an old because they're expecting different results. The person switching from Palm to WM to RIM to Android is trying to find the product which best meets his needs.

If you buy a product and it meets your needs, you don't go out buying a newer product. You keep using the old one. My car is 12 years old and I'm still using it because it suits my needs just fine. The only improvement it could use is a built-in MP3 player, and I'm not going to spend $25k on a new car ($35k - $10k trade-in) for that. Same for my DSLR - it's from 2008 and has all the features I need as a photographer.

Insanity is buying a newer product not expecting different results. The product you already own is working just fine and does everything you want, yet you still buy the new one. What's happening there is that the need being fulfilled isn't a functional one. It's the need to have the latest and greatest new shiny. It (by your own admission) doesn't generate different results, so it doesn't improve your productivity, which means it is a net negative drag on the economy.

RE: $$$?
By testerguy on 3/12/2012 5:45:06 PM , Rating: 1
People buying a new iPad expect the same qualities, but different results.

For example, they expect the reliability, excellent design, battery life, wide selection of apps, user friendly device, long term software support.

They also expect improvements in performance, quality of screen, connection speed, camera, and software.

The Einstein quote doesn't apply because they aren't repeating the same thing (they are buying different devices).

RE: $$$?
By captainBOB on 3/12/2012 7:39:16 PM , Rating: 2
I would imagine that the majority of the pre-orders are not returning customers but new ones who can now afford an iPad due to many things that happened (like a better paying job) since the first gen iPad was released.

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