New iPad: Wait goes up to 2-3 weeks in the UK

New iPad: Wait goes up to 2-3 weeks in the UKIt's a story as old as time. Well, almost. Apple launches a new product, the world goes mad and then suddenly, you can't get hold of one for love nor money.

Case in point - the new iPad. Unveiled on Wednesday, pre-orders opened and now anyone in the UK who registered for one is now being told that shipment has been pushed back. If you were quick enough to bag one immediately, March 16th may still be your lucky day. But if you weren't, it's looking nearer to 2-3 weeks now.

Part of the frustration is that customers weren't able to pre-order in the UK immediately following the launch as they were in other countries. Here in Blighty, we had to wait until midnight.

Add to that the fact that Apple has itself described this multi-country launch as  its most ambitious iOS launch so far since it is being simultaneously released in so many countries at once and Houston - there may be a problem.

It's highly unlikely there will be enough iPads to go around the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia - all of which will be able to buy it on launch next week.

If you're lucky enough to have a holiday home in Europe (or Canada or Japan), they're still listing delivery as March 19th. Though we can see that changing fairly soon. Question is - will you be buying one or going for the older model after the iPad 2 price drop? We can't say we were overly impressed with the specs compared to what we've seen before. How about you? Let us know below.

Via Slashgear

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Certinfy  Mar. 9, 2012 at 20:26

Besides the screen, I can't say anything else interests at me. Was actually considering selling my Vita and putting the extra cash into getting one but after having an iPad 2 and not using it at all I thought better off this time as I use my Vita far too much anyway.

I don't know though, the screen is still tempting me a little so maybe I'll ask my girlfriend if she can be nice and put something towards it for my birthday or something.

jaybear88  Mar. 10, 2012 at 11:13

@Certinify I truly love a spectacular screen but the more I think about the iPads retina display, the less I can figure out about it. First of all, the iPad would probably be a great device for movies but true HD is considered as 1080p so why bother with 1536? So that leaves web browsing..... Have you ever know a web designer to optimise images on a site past 1200?? Pretty screens are all good but it will rarely be actually shown except for vector based graphics and then that will eat up a lot of the new graphics processing power just to give you a similar result to the ipad2 anyway. Almost seems like Apple is trying to play the stats game :S

Unless I've completely got the wrong end of the stick guys?

blizzard7  Mar. 10, 2012 at 11:56

Nope you've pretty much summed it up. Websites can scale up, but as it isn't a true linear scale, they won't look perfect (although they will look better than the iPad 2 of course). Movies will have big bars, and even 1080p films will have to be stretched because 1920 horizontal pixels will need to fit the 2048 horizontal pixels of the iPad. YouTube videos will look even worse too. Only apps will truly benefit and as you said, they'd have to be vectorised.


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