Orders now at 2-3 weeks for new iPad

Summary:According to the Apple.com order page, when you pick even the most basic one (16GB Black iPad), you have to wait 2-3 weeks before it ships.

If you didn't jump at the chance to buy the new iPad moments after launch, you'll now have to wait at least another 2-3 weeks to get your hands on one.

According to the Apple.com order page, when you pick even the most basic one (16GB Black iPad), you have to wait 2-3 weeks before it ships.

My co-author, Matt Miller, ordered a 32GB Verizon 4G model on March 7th, and I ended up pulling the trigger on a Wi-Fi 16GB on March 8th. According to my latest order history, it's still slated to deliver on March 16th.

If you're wondering why I bought a new iPad, and Wi-Fi only, it's actually for my family to use. I have an iPad for work and every time my family wants to use the iPad, I'm always concerned that they might mistakenly delete an appointment, or an e-mail, or an app that I'm testing for my day job. $500 is a small price to pay to make sure that I don't have to feel that concern anymore. I probably could have gone for the older iPad, but since the iPad is used for gaming most of the time in my house, I figured the bump in processor speed and Retina Display was worth the $100.

As for why I went with the AT&T 3G instead of the 4G on Verizon for my own use, I had a bad experience previously, where Verizon suddenly reported that I had used 1GB worth of data, whereas I have rarely gone over my 250MB allotment on AT&T. That alone was the determining factor, not to mention that I can easily swap out the SIM to the new iPad, so no contract change needed, and I can always connect to a 4G hotspot, if I really want the 4G experience.

Are you expecting your new iPad on Friday, too? If so, what made you buy the latest iPad over the previous generation?

Topics: iPad, Hardware, Mobility, Verizon, Wi-Fi

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With more than fifteen years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands, technologies and services into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the Vice President of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider. Prior to Mobiquity, Evans was Managin... Full Bio

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