If you're expecting a new iPad on Friday, make sure there's someone around to sign for it

If you're expecting a new iPad on Friday, make sure there's someone around to sign for it

Summary: If you ordered an iPad and expect it to show up on Friday, make sure you (or a designated signer) are around to sign it. Otherwise, no iPad for you!

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I, like many others here at ZDNet, ordered a new iPad that should be delivered on Friday. I also ordered a new Smart Cover to go with it.

See also: iPad Smart Cover: Best tablet accessory ever made

As it turns out, the Smart Cover was delivered today, at about 11:20am, by Fedex.

I live in a very quiet, pretty safe neighborhood. Pretty much the scariest thing in the neighborhood is, well, me (especially in the morning), and so when Fedex delivers, they usually just ring the bell and leave whatever package we're getting on the porch.

Not this time. When the Fedex guy showed up with the Smart Cover, the Fedex guy rang the bell, as usual. Then he rang it again. And again. This was a very impatient Fedex guy, because this time, he wanted a signature before he was willing to hand me the thin, unmarked box.

So, here's my warning to you. If you ordered an iPad and expect it to show up on Friday, make sure you (or a designated signer) are around to sign it. Otherwise, no iPad for you!

Topics: iPad, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • This isn't the standard?

    Maybe it's because I live in an apartment, but everything I order requires a signature. I've NEVER seen a UPS or Fedex guy leave my stuff at the door.

    Also, at least with Fedex, if you're not there to sign, you can pick it up at the Fedex location listed on your door tag after hours (think it's usually 5:00. This is how I got my iPad2)
    Aerowind
    • No, some places will leave it at the door...UPS does all the time...

      When I have things shipped to me and I know that it's not going to have me there to sign I send it to the nearest Fedex store to pick up later.
      http404
    • It depends on the shipper whether a signature is required

      For overnight it's default (I believe) unless you check off the "No Signature Required" box.

      Ground I think it's the reverse.
      William Farrel
  • If you go to Apples order page, it has a prompt to print out a form.

    This form that you print out can be taped to your door. It contains your printed name and your signature and instructions with where to leave the package, such as your front porch or your neighbors.
    fasterfreddy