updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu May 6, 2010
Some stores also dry of Wi-Fi models
The iPad 3G has temporarily sold out at a number of Apple Stores across the US, a report indicates. A full 10 out of 10 outlets contacted by AppleInsider are confirmed to have no models in stock, in any capacity. A few of the stores also claim to be out of Wi-Fi-only models, suggesting that supply problems have persisted for more than a month.
People who want first crack at buying an iPad from affected shops must sign up for Notify Me, which delivers an e-mail once new stock comes in. Apple can then put a hold an iPad for 24 hours. Signing up for Notify Me can frequently be done over the phone, though some shops are allegedly insisting that people go through the process in person.
Apple's online store continues to display shipping times of 5 to 7 business days for all iPads. Some retail stores are said to be getting a "trickle" of new Wi-Fi models. As for the 3G tablets, there is no word on when new shipments will go out, though some online pre-orders should be delivered on Friday.