Apple iPad 3 pre-orders delayed

 Apple iPad 3 pre orders delayed

Apple has been forced to delay the release of its iPad 3 to many people who pre-ordered it after demand skyrocketed past supply.

Apple has been forced to delay the release of its iPad 3 to many people who pre-ordered it after demand skyrocketed past supply.

 
The “new iPad,” as it is officially known, goes on sale this Friday, 16 March, but the earliest many customers who opted for a pre-order will get it is 19 March, with consumers in some countries facing longer delays of up to three weeks.
 
Many customers decided to pre-order to avoid the extensive queues outside Apple stores on launch day. Apple promised that those who pre-ordered would get their device shipped to them on the day it goes on sale, but now that has changed and customers will undoubtedly be angry.
 
 Apple iPad 3 pre orders delayed
 
Apple took a new approach to the launch of the iPad 3 by scheduling a single worldwide date. This meant that stock needed to be available in multiple countries and could not be kept in reserve if demand went off the charts. We imagine the company regrets this decision now.
 
DisplaySearch predicted last week that Apple could face supply issues due to the new retina display, which many manufacturers are having trouble producing. The fact that delays have arisen so quickly raises some worrying questions for the new iPad, which many investors see as a pivotal product that will show if the company can continue its astronomical success after the passing of Steve Jobs last year.
 
While this is problematic for Apple, it also shows that there is still strong demand for new versions of its popular iPad range. Whether or not sales can surpass that of the iPad 2 remains to be seen.
 
Sources: Reuters and The Telegraph