Apple Shifts iPad Shipping Dates Again

iPad fans who haven't yet landed a device will have some revised wait times until their unit ships. The good news is that if your order for a 3G model was in last week, Apple has officially confirmed your iPad will arrive on April 30.

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Those ordering a Wi-Fi only model can expect to wait 5-7 business days until their magical tablet hits the doorstep. As inventory supplies change and Apple gears up to launch the iPad pre-order internationally on May 10, the company is shifting dates accordingly.

This is intended to keep customers happy, as they are not breaking specific promises by overextending their supply as demand fluctuates. Currently, ship dates for pre-orders on the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models have been moved from April 30 to May 7. Anyone ordering the 3G model iPad in the US this week will wait an extra week until Apple sends the UPS truck.

Once initial demand is met and Apple's suppliers settle into a steady pattern of manufacturing, the 3G model is likely to be offered with the same shipping time as the Wi-Fi only iPad. Over time, even this 5-7 business day lag should decrease, as the iPad is not built to order.

Apple stores are scheduled to carry the 3G model iPad starting at 5:00 PM on April 30. So far, Apple stores have been able to keep up with demand for the Wi-Fi only iPads since launch day. It's not clear when retailer Best Buy will have Wi-Fi + 3G models available, although they've had a limited supply of Wi-Fi only models since April 3.

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