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iPad 3G sees sellouts across US Apple Stores

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The iHaters are sure this is just

    a ploy by Apple to garner more media attention or to keep consumers coming back to Apple retail stores. They'll demand to be taken to Apple's hidden warehouse where all their "shortage" inventory is kept. What a bunch of idiots iHaters are. They don't understand anything about supply chain and assembly vs demand or they'd never say things like that. I guess they think that Foxconn keeps parts piled to the ceilings and has an endless line of assembly workers producing stuff just for Apple. I know for sure I wouldn't want to be a worker on a Foxconn iPad assembly line for the next six months.

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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ipad is selling fast

    because Apple makes them in small quantities deliberately to create positive spin on a stupid useless product .

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    try again

    'a number' implies a majority. but surveying 10 out of 220 stores doth not a majority make.

    i have no doubt that stores are selling out because i'm sure that Apple is not shipping all stock to the US stores. it makes sense for them to be splitting all stock between shipping and stock piling for the upcoming international roll out. so yes lighter stock to sell at all

    also this notify me started the week after the wifi went on sale so it's really not news.

  1. canonsucks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just goes to show you... many poor fools out there bought into the iPad hype, that's all.

    It's a 1st gen device, with limitations and manufacturing defects just starting to come to light.

    Enjoy paying a premium to be Apple's guinea pig!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    um, so....

    Having no stock means nothing. Where's the number sold, number in stock, etc? For if those stores all got 2, all it means is they sold 20.

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