However, there's more bad news for international customers — Apple has pushed back the date for your iPad consumption again until May 10.
And if you haven't already snatched up some accessories for your new tablet, Sprint is offering quite a bundle for your new toy — buy its 4G-enabled Overdrive WiFi hotspot at participating Best Buy stores, and get a free accompanying iPad case! They had me at 4G.
If you're one of the lucky consumers abroad who are able to throw down for the Apple iPad, you'll unfortunately have to wait a little longer to get your hands on the tablet goodness. Apple has announced a month-long delay in international availability due to the overwhelming response to the iPad here in the US. First-day sales for the iPad were huge, and while the 3G-enabled version is expected to sell incredibly well when it hits stores at the end of this month, Apple has decided to use its reserves to fill and satisfy US orders first before expanding into other countries.
It's not unfamiliar territory for Apple to have this kind of delay for the iPad — the initial launch date was a week behind the original target, preorders sold out shortly after they were made available, and the Apple-branded accessories fell behind on the shipping dates as well. If you're living outside the US, you'll be able to get pricing and availability details, and start making your preorder arrangements for your iPad on May 10.
The biggest gripe about the iPad that I've heard so far is the lack of Flash support (which came in second place for Twitter complaints at 19 percent), but I don't think I've ever heard anyone lament the fact that it can't replace an iPhone. First off, it would be a little difficult to maneuver, and too heavy to carry around on a daily basis. Although it's news to me, I'm wondering if you agree — are you upset that the iPad can't replace your iPhone?
I can't wait to see how many other companies will start to implement this payment strategy. While Square users do still have to pay around 3% to verify a user's card (similar to any retailer accepting credit cards), there are relatively few startup costs relative to costs incurred by retailers using traditional systems. Besides, how beautiful does this setup look? If you're in San Francisco, be sure to drop by and take a look — the coffee is delicious!
Sure, I'm excited about the iPad, too, but given the ease of preordering the device online and having it arrive safe and sound to the comfort of your own home, camping out just seems extreme. Is there a gadget you're excited enough about to wait outside for days?
Although we have to wait a few more days to get our own iPads, PC Mag got their review unit early, and were kind enough to take us all on a walk-through of what the iPad comes stocked with. Shocker — no earbuds! We saw most of its features in action during the announcement event in January, but it's cool to see the tablet in action again. Check it out below!
There's no report on how many iPads will be available at Apple retail stores, but hitting a store may be your bet bet if you're hoping to snatch up the device this weekend, since online supplies for preorder are already exhausted. It remains to be seen if the iPad will draw the same crowds as the iPhone's initial launch . . . I can tell you that there aren't any crowds waiting outside yet!
If you hadn't already preordered your iPad when it became available earlier this month (and trust me — there were a lot of you), then you'll have to wait an extra week to get your hands on it , while your keyboard accessories will take even longer to arrive. I'm not surprised at the iPad fever — since it seems everything that Apple releases turns to gadget gold — but I guess I am surprised that Apple didn't anticipate the lust for the tablet and make more to begin with. Reminds me of the great Wii shortage of 2007.
And just because you didn't get a walk-through of the iPad by Steve Jobs at the launch event in January doesn't mean you shouldn't get your own personalized tour of the iPad now. Apple just released a series of walk-throughs on its site to bring you up to speed on all that the iPad is capable of. Consider it an amuse-bouche to the full iPad meal coming up later this week.