New iPad Pre-Order Number Pierced, Shipping Date Pushed to March 19th in the US and the UK

March 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As usual, Apple is finding it tough to meet the pre-orders that are pouring in after launching a new product –  this time the third generation iPad.

The company has already pushed the shipping dates of the new device, at least in a set of countries including the US and the UK, to March 19th from what it announced as March 16th earlier.

Now the company claims that the response to the new device was beyond expectations and the pre-order quantity is already over. However, the Cupertino giant is still allowing people to place orders online and is giving such customers an estimated shipping date, most of which are expected to be pushed further.

It means we will be seeing long queues in front of Apple’s Retail Stores on Friday morning, since the company has made it clear that the retail stores will still have the stocks on roll out day.

Though the new device does not have anything to claim as a ground breaking feature than its high definition Retina Display, a better camera and 4G LTE, the demand is still high.

However, analysts are waiting to see if it will be enough to set records when compared to its ancestors. A total of 300, 000 units of the first iPad were sold on the first day and iPad 2 was at a staggering 500,000 units mark at the end of the first week.

However, many analysts are very much skeptical about the reasons behind such hyped sold-out units. Earlier it was speculated that the new iPad may find it difficult to meet the customer demand due to the unavailability of the Retina Displays.

However, if you plan to buy a new iPad from the Apple Retail Store, they open at 8 am on the launch days. Be among the early birds.

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