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New iPad pre-order delivery date slips

Customers pre-ordering the new iPad will have to wait up to three weeks to receive the tablet device even though it will be on sale in-store on Friday, according to the company's website.The device was announced on Wednesday and is due to go on sale from Apple's retail stores on Friday 16 March.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor on

Customers pre-ordering the new iPad will have to wait up to three weeks to receive the tablet device even though it will be on sale in-store on Friday, according to the company's website.

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The device was announced on Wednesday and is due to go on sale from Apple's retail stores on Friday 16 March. However, the ordering process on the company's online store in the UK and US says that pre-ordered iPads will be dispatched in "2-3 weeks".

A spokesman for Apple said that demand for the retina display-equipped device had been "off the charts", forcing it to make the change to the expected delivery dates.

The cheapest Wi-Fi only 16GB model new iPad costs £399, whereas opting for a top of the range, 64GB Wi-Fi + '4G' model will set UK customers back £659.

The lightly refreshed device adds a higher resolution display, quad-core graphics processor, and faster data network capabilities in comparison to the iPad 2. However, it is also slightly heavier and slightly thicker than its predecessor.

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