More First-Batch iPad 2s Readying For Shipment

More First-Batch iPad 2s Readying For Shipment

For those of us who woke up at 1AM on March 11th to order our iPad 2s, the last week has mostly been a disappointing one. Although Apple began shipping out some 16GB iPads earlier in the week, it seems like they’re only now getting around to readying beefier iPad 2s like my 32GB 3G model for shipment.

Apple’s holding off on deliveries of initial pre-orders of these units as long as possible. As you can see, my order for an iPad 2 was placed within three minutes of the order page going live, but Apple is only now preparing it for shipment, which will presumably go out later today. That implies that people who ordered a 32GB+ iPad 2 3G shouldn’t expect to see their device until at least Monday.

Meanwhile, my Smart Cover was delivered today, which is like your mail-order bride shipping over her steamer trunk full of frilly underwear and fuzzy handcuffs two months before she boards a plane herself.

My guess is we’re not going to see many other product launches like this from Apple. It appears that even they were surprised by iPad 2 demand, and released the tablet at least a month before they actually had the number of devices produced that they needed for a successful, hassle-free launch. I expect the next iPad launch to go a lot smoother than this one did.

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  • JonBonIdiot

    http://forums.macnn.com/89/mac

    More Post PC devices being shipped?

  • Michaelallday76

    Just FYI, I was able to place my order at 3:53 AM Eastern (12:53 Pacific) on the 11th. I didn’t see much written about this, but apparently Apple opened up for orders a little before 1 AM Pacific. The delay was already up to 3-5 business days when I got my confirmation. So the few people that got an email saying “ships in 1-2 days” must have placed their orders even before me. My iPad comes today. It’s already in my state according to FedEx. Wifi, 32GB, Black.

  • roberts

    It says 3-5 BUSINESS days. That makes day 5 today. If it ships today there is no way you are getting it Monday. Ships from China to Hong Kong to Alaska then here.

    Your delivery date is 3/18-3/25. I would look for it next Friday if I were you. You’ll get it, try to stay calm.

  • jeffx

    I ordered my 32G WIFI ipad2 around 12:45am and it was shipped out from ShenZhen, China on 3/14 evening (still on its way).

  • jferr85

    I ordered 2 32GB WIFI / 3G iPads at 1:05am PT and they shipped out Wednesday morning. Scheduled to be delivered to NY on Tuesday by 4:30PM. surprised mine beat yours out. maybe because it was a larger order?

  • Ken Hughes

    After fruitlessly trying to find one in a brick and mortar store, I gave up and ordered one online. Probably won’t see it until Easter. :(

    Um…”steamer trunk full of frilly underwear and fuzzy handcuffs”? What exactly do you plan to do with your new iPad 2 John? :P

  • Tapping Foot

    Good luck! Mine has been in “prepared for shipment” since MONDAY! Note that today is THURSDAY. :)

  • Tapping Foot

    BTW, I ordered the ATT 3G model, 16GB, black; one hour after launch (2:00 AM) – and my order confirmation says “3-5 business days”. On Monday 3/14, my status updated to “Prepared for shipment”. It has not moved from this status since then – it has been “Prepared for shipment” for THREE DAYS. I called Apple and they said everything is OK but “the logistics of shipping hundreds of thousands of these makes it hard”.

    It is very frustrating to see order placed after mine being DELIVERED while mine sits on the dock!

  • Mark C.

    I’m wondering if Fedex has diverted some of their planes for Japanese relief efforts

  • randison

    I think the couriers should at least make an effort to at least deliver things on time. We already paid for the deliveries but we don’t get what we expect to get or even when we expect to get it.

  • Dball2

    I ordered mine miutes after the store went live, and it’s shown “prepared for shipment” for the last two days… They must be using a heck of a lot of tape on that box… I’ve now slipped past the 5 days in the 3-5 days….

  • CRodBlogs

    I got my 32GB Black Wi-Fi iPad 2 on March 16. Although Apple had said the online ordering would start at 1 AM PST on the 11th, it actually went live at exactly 12:51 AM PST on that day. My order was placed at 12:53 AM PST and after the iPad 2 was shipped FEDEX had reported an estimated delivery date of March 18-25. But I got it on March 16. I have, since, sold that iPad 2 to a friend of my cousin’s for $850. Sweet deal! I got a 64GB Black Wi-Fi iPad 2 at Wal-Mart on launch day (stood in line for only about 20 mins). My iPad 2 shopping experience has been fantastic.

  • Luckyguy

    I’m typing this on my iPad, which was delivered on Wednesday the 16th. I ordered it at about 2:00 a.m. on launch day. 32GB black, and yes, it’s spectacular.

  • Pissocratese

    Just got my 32 Gig black AT&T model tonight! I ordered it last Sat. around noon at a nearby AT&T store. An employee told me that AT&T bought up a LOT more iPads this time around. Looks like he was right. Five days beats the heck out of three weeks!

  • Henry

    I’m in the same shipment. My smart cover arrived this morning, and my (engraved) 32GB wifi + 3G iPad shipped yesterday, to be here early next week.
    I ordered a little later, at about 0315 PST.

  • Res0f541

    I ordered a 64GB WiFi + 3G AT&T model at 1:01AM on 3/11/11.
    It’s been sitting in Hong Kong since Friday and hasn’t budged (if the FedEx website is accurate).

    Here’s my shipment history (after it finally shipped last Thursday:

    Shipment Dates
    Ship date Mar 17, 2011
    Estimated delivery Mar 23, 2011 by 4:30 PM
    Destination
    XXXXXXXXXX, CA
    Shipment Options Help
    Hold at FedEx Location
    Not available to receive your shipment? FedEx will hold your shipment at a nearby FedEx location at no extra cost. Some shipments may not be eligible for this service. Read more.
    Shipment Facts Help
    Service type International Economy Distribution – Indirect Signature Required
    Weight 1.3 kg/2.9 lbs
    Reference8149627385
    Department number 4
    Clearance detail

    Shipment Travel History Help Select time zone:

    To display the shipment travel activity in local time of the scan, please select “Local Scan Time” time zone option.
    Date/Time Activity Location Details
    Mar 21, 2011 8:52 AM At local FedEx facility LANTAU ISLAND HK
    Mar 20, 2011 7:41 AM At local FedEx facility LANTAU ISLAND HK
    Mar 19, 2011 8:50 AM At local FedEx facility LANTAU ISLAND HK
    Mar 18, 2011 8:50 AM At local FedEx facility LANTAU ISLAND HK
    Mar 17, 2011 7:56 PM In transit LANTAU ISLAND HK
    Mar 17, 2011 6:37 AM Left FedEx origin facility SHENZHEN CN
    Mar 16, 2011 9:13 PM Shipment information sent to FedEx
    Mar 16, 2011 7:30 PM Picked up SHENZHEN CN

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