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New iPad stock runs low as shipments slip

On Wednesday Apple launched its latest version of the iPad to the world with its biggest new feature being the Retina Display. Now we have news that new iPad stock may be running low as shipments of the device slip.

It now seems consumers in the UK are getting a rough deal with regards to Apple’s latest iPad, as it seems they will have to wait until the end of the month now if they are going to pre-order the device. Shipments of device when checking on Apple’s online store are now showing shipments of between two and three weeks, while the US store is still stating the 16th.

Sales of the device in the country went live a few hours after other locations and originally promised delivery on the 16th of this month. Obviously we don’t know how many units Apple had available for the initial launch of the device for each country, and if some regions were receiving more stock than others.

Meanwhile it is being reported by some customers in the US that they are already receiving shipping notifications from the company that their new iPad was already on the way. One of AppleInsider’s readers contacted the site with a screenshot of the alleged shipment notification.

The iPad in question was a 16GB Wi-Fi only black model that is being delivered via Federal Express, and readers of Engadget are also reporting similar notifications along with tracking numbers for UPS, which indicate the units are being shipped from China.

Apple’s new iPad is launching first in Australia, Canada, US, UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US Virgin Islands, Singapore, Switzerland, and Puerto Rico on the 16th of March. It has been rumored before that the Retina Display is hard to manufacturer and may lead to early delays for the device until suppliers can get enough made.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems


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