Apple iPad 2 buyers face four-week wait

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Customers who pre-order the Apple iPad 2 from the Apple online store today — the day of its launch — may have to wait up to a month to receive their new tablets.

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Customers may have to wait three to four weeks for an iPad 2 (Screenshot by CBS Interactive)

While customers can choose to buy it from a third-party reseller or from an official Apple store those who sign up for a new iPad are now informed there is a three- to four-week wait.

Orders for the iPad 2 began at approximately 1.20am this morning and the initial wait time was two to three weeks.

After being asked for the reason behind the delay, Apple Australia's Fiona Martin replied with the statement:

"iPad 2 went on sale on the Apple online store overnight and we are continuing to take orders. The iPad 2 is yet to go on sale at the Apple retail stores or Apple Authorised Resellers. Doors open at 5pm this evening. Customers can choose to order online, join the queue at the Apple retail stores or contact their local reseller. We do not have a pre-order."

The iPad 2 is an update on last year's model. It includes front and rear cameras, a dual-core processor and a slimmer design. Prices start at AU$579.

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jacojac posted a comment   
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ordered mine around 1:15am ,"ship within 2-3 WEEKS" and I got order confirmation email on 1:20am. the expected shipment date still on 15/04/2011

 

bank posted a comment   

I ordered mine around 1:05am I never see the "ship within 24 hours" and I got order confirmation email on 1:11am. the expected shipment date still on 15/04/2011.. that's 3weeks. sigh!

 

Pathetic posted a comment   

I just understand why people bother with Apple.
They think that it's ok to make a "valued" customer wait up to a month for their purchase. It's not like they're not expecting a large volume of orders.
And it's not because of backlog as stated the very first people to reserve them online had a 2-3 week.
Anyway what's the saying "A fool and his money..."

 

typo posted a reply   

I just *don't*

 

Ashraf posted a comment   

The iPad 2 orders did not start at 1:20 am this morning as you mentioned here. It started even before at around 12:45 am, that was when Apple store was updated with iPad 2 product. The initial shipping time was just 2 weeks when ordered early on the website.

There is no point to rant and complain now.

 

Jintax posted a reply   

Thats just not true. I ordered at 12.39 AM, got the confirmation email at 12.46AM and mine is shipping on 15/04/2011. Apple never had a 2 weeks timeframe on the shop.

 

CDE posted a reply   

Agreed, I was on earlier and the date confirmed was the 15th too.
At least in my case, it was just to see what the story was. I wasn't really going to buy one. Frankly, the iPad and iPad 2 are hopeless. Tried the 2 yesterday and Garageband kept crashing. The unit itself wasn't on for that long but was much hotter than iPad 1. Think thermal issues will arise.

 

CDE posted a reply   

Agreed, I was on earlier and the date confirmed was the 15th too.
At least in my case, it was just to see what the story was. I wasn't really going to buy one. Frankly, the iPad and iPad 2 are hopeless. Tried the 2 yesterday and Garageband kept crashing. The unit itself wasn't on for that long but was much hotter than iPad 1. Think thermal issues will arise.


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