Apple's iPad available April 3, no apparent shipping delays

Despite various analyst reports around the Web, Apple may not be experiencing any issues with production of the iPad. Apple will make the iPad available April 3, with the ability to preorder coming March 12.

Despite various analyst reports around the Web, Apple may not be experiencing any issues with production of the iPad. Apple will make the iPad available April 3, with the ability to preorder coming March 12.

Though reports cite sources from Apple's manufacturing partners in Taiwan suggesting minor delays may occur, which could push back the ship date or decrease the initial number of available iPads, Apple has announced that it seems to be only slightly behind with the initial 60-day estimate for the Wi-Fi-only iPad model.

However, despite early reports that Apple was on track to have between 600,000 and 1 million units ready at launch, research firm ThinkEquity claims otherwise. Should Apple come up short with what Barron's is reporting as only 200,000 to 250,000 devices available at launch, iPad shortages could cause decreased interest in the device.

If you have placed an order for the (sort of) new 27-inch iMac, you are well aware of what Apple production delays could mean. Though the 27-inch iMac delay was the result of faulty components in their displays, constrained availability and delayed shipping times caused a massive uproar online, prompting Apple to offer discounts to come of its customers. Those issues are now reportedly fixed, though.

For now, if you are interested in getting your touch-ready hands on the iPad, the best bet may be to stake out your local Apple Store on April 3 and hope to be one of the first in line or take your chances with a preorder.

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