Units also allegedly being pulled from retail
While affected online orders should be getting replacements and possibly credit for the inconvenience, customers are unhappy as in some instances they may have already been waiting for weeks. Apple is continuing to list shipping times of one to two weeks for new iPads, which means that some people will have waited a month or more to get a tablet. Accessories are shipping on normal schedules.
AT&T and Wi-Fi iPads meanwhile appear to be unaffected. Apple has experienced technical problems with Verizon models in the past; in April, the company had to deal with mounting complaints about units failing to connect to the Verizon network. Regarding the new issue, an Apple Store worker will explain only that the retail chain has received a list of serial numbers to scan, and any matched Verizon units are being sent back to Apple. The process is said to have begun on Monday, and should last through Saturday.
Update: The company has confirmed to AllThingsD that it recalled a "very small number" of Verizon iPad 2s because they were accidentally shipped with identical electronic serial numbers known as MEIDs (Mobile Equipment Identifiers). The MEID is crucial to the activation process and are intended to be unique to each unit. An Apple spokesperson said that most of the recalled units had not yet been sold to consumers, but were in various stages of the distribution pipeline, including some store stock. [via CNet]