New iPad orders won't ship until April 12

Apple changed the delivery date for new orders of the iPad to April 12, indicating that preorder sales of the new tablet device may be better than expected.

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Preorders of Apple's iPad seem to be going very well. The company updated its Web site on Saturday indicating that any new iPad orders will ship by April 12, as pointed out by AppleInsider and other blogs.

Apple is due to ship the iPad Wi-Fi model next Saturday--for those that have already placed their orders, the delivery date remains April 3. Preorder customers had a choice of in-store pickup or delivery, an option that also appears to have been removed from the Apple Store.

The iPad Wi-Fi + 3G is still scheduled to ship in late April, according to Apple's Web site.

By pushing the delivery date of new orders, it would appear that preorders have already accounted for all of Apple's available stock. Though there has been a lot of speculation on how many iPads the company has ordered, nobody really knows for sure.

Some sources say Apple sold hundreds of thousands iPads since it began taking preorders on March 12. The source also speculates that the iPad's first three months of sales could top those of the original iPhone's first three months.

Apple also added a new iPad accessory, which is available for preorder. The iPad Camera Connection Kit gives you a way to connect your camera directly to the iPad. Delivery for the $29 accessory is listed as "late April" on the Apple Store.

Delivery dates of the previously delayed iPad accessories remain unchanged.