Customers pre-ordering latest iPad will have to wait

People pre-ordering Apple Inc’s new iPad to avoid the release-day crowds at the company’s retail stores will have to wait longer to get their hands … Continue reading Customers pre-ordering latest iPad will have to wait


Apple CEO Cook speaks during an Apple event as he introduces the new iPad in San Francisco
Apple CEO Cook speaks during an Apple event as he introduces the new iPad in San Francisco

People pre-ordering Apple Inc’s new iPad to avoid the release-day crowds at the company’s retail stores will have to wait longer to get their hands on the devices.

The latest version of the company’s tablet, which was unveiled this week, is set to hit shelves next Friday.

But tablets pre-ordered online will not ship to buyers until the following Monday, March 19, according to the company’s website.

Earlier in the week, Apple had promised the newest tablet would arrive at customers’ homes on the launch date.

Trudy Miller, an Apple spokeswoman, said the change was made because customer response to the new iPad had been “off the charts,” quickly exhausting the supply set aside for pre-order and delivery by March 16.

Apple’s new product releases are some of the hottest events on the tech calendar, scrutinized by investors, the media and industry insiders alike.