Apple is offering the option to pre-order the new iPad ahead of its March 16 launch date, and even throwing in free shipping and engraving. But if you’re determined to have a third-generation iPad on launch day, queuing at a store might still be your best bet.
Orders placed on Apple’s Australian site are said to be due for delivery between March 16 and March 22. While the site includes what it calls a “delivery date calculator”, we couldn’t get it to actually show an estimate. Even with a full address entered, there’s no firm date offered:
Previous iPad releases have seen only the very earliest buyers get same-day delivery, with many people getting second or subsequent batch deliveries some days later. Looks like Apple has decided to lower everyone’s expectations this time around; that way, anyone who does get a delivery on March 16 will feel like it’s a bonus.