Apple Starts Shipping The New iPad

Customers who had pre-ordered the new iPad are already getting shipment notifications from Apple.

AppleInsider reports:

AppleInsider reader Chris D’Aurora submitted a screenshot of an alleged shipment notification from Apple for a pre-order placed on Wednesday.

“We’re happy to let you know that the items below are on their way to you,” the notification read.

Based on the image below, the 16GB iPad (3rd generation) is being shipped through Fed Express and expected to be delivered on March 16th (the new iPad’s release date).

Engadget is also reporting that their readers have received shipment notifications, including some UPS tracking numbers.


Have you pre-ordered the new iPad? Have you seen a change in your order status or received the shipment notification?


One of the best ways to track your pre-order is to use the Apple Store App (App Store link).

[via Apple Insider, Engadget]

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  • PebsUK

    No, but isn’t just soooo exciting!!!

  • Dude

    I got an email from apple also. Mines is shipping through UPS from China. Delivery date states 3/16 by end of day.

  • fas

    So it ships from China?

  • Cest Moi

    lucky emily!

  • Tom

    Mine is shipping Fedex. No actual tracking info yet though, just a number. If I remember correctly weren’t some people getting the iPhone 4 a day early or something?

  • John

    I got tracking number, and is also shipping from China and delivery by end of day 3/16 via UPS.

  • Dave

    Mine ships out from Ontario California. In fact they picked it up already!! But it says held for future delivery.. DAMN IT!

  • Alma

    Yup. UPS tracking has it enroute from China to me by 3/16..,!!

  • iWantMine

    For those that are receiving those notifications, in what part of the country do you live?

  • Cric

    I live in NE Ohio and received my email last night. Its in Middleton pa marked for future delivery.

  • Keith

    Just got an email here in the UK from Apple saying mine had shipped and delivery is expected 16th March 2012 can’t wait.

  • iWhereIsMyiPad3?

    In addition to stating what region you live, could you folks also state what date/time you ordered the iPad? Was it the first day? Was it early afternoon, late afternoon, that night??

    I’m wondering if the first people to order are getting their notices already or does it matter, as long as you ordered it the first day.

    • Keith

      I did not order mine until 1.30pm on the 8th in the UK. I had tried the night before but the site was down. I ordered the 64GB White Wifi + 4G and mine has shipped.

  • Tim

    According to UPS mine is sitting in Louisville, KT right now as of 3/10 12:14AM. I live in Columbus, OH and ordered mine first day within an hour of being able to pre-order on The Apple Store.

  • dad

    I just so happened to be browsing the Apple website the other day and noticed a new iPad had come out, so I ordered one -not knowing that it had not been launched yet. Anyway, I received a shipment notice yesterday, though I was very surprised to see that my
    white iPad AT&T 4G 32Gig was being UPS’d from Shenzhen, China -which makes me a little nervous. Yes…. I know that Apple has these products made in China, but I at least thought that these iPads would be shipped to warehouses in the United States before they were finally shipped to consumers. I was hoping that Apple would have done at least a little quality control. Any products from China make me a little nervous, especially when they cost an arm and leg, like the 3rd generation iPad. What if I get a knock-off? What if it isn’t up to the standards I have come to trust in Apple products? Is everyone else seeing their shipments coming directly from Shenzhen, China?

    • dad

      Oh, and I live in the New York Metro area. Am I the only one that has this thing coming directly from China?

    • Kevin

      Lol factory fresh .. They all come from china right to the shelves.. Any ipad/iphone im sure any sealed apple product , is shipped directly from china (foxconn i guess) to apple store/best buy , really every store.. Cant expect apple to open every apple product in the states ,test it, re-seal it. So obviousy apple shipped god knows how many ipads to Louisville ky ups hub.. And will be delt out there..nothing to worry about everyone that pre ordered is going through same thing.

  • anonymous

    No. Mine shipped from China an is currently in Louisville.

  • Steve

    Ordered late afternoon on launch day. Shipping to Gulfport Mississppi. UPS tracking shows it in Louisville Ky as of Mar 10, 12:14AM. No other movement since then. Guess Apple told them not to deliver early. Normally something that hit Louisville Ky on a Friday would be on a truck for delivery by the following Monday morning.

  • Helen

    Mine says it has shipped but the ups tracking number dosent work – anyone else have that problem – im in the uk and got shipping notification early sat morning

    • Brian

      Same here. UK, notification of shipment on Sat morning. UPS tracking number does not work.

      • Andrew

        I’m in the UK too. Apple website says it has shipped via UPS and will be delivered on 16th March but I can’t get any of the various order or tracking numbers to be recognised by the UPS website.

  • Kevin

    Mine is sitting in Louisville also.. Was in china, then hong kong, alaska and now in ups’s world port in ky.. Id love to see the stack of ipads sitting there lol wish we could find a worker to snap a pic of where they r held.

    • Kevin

      Btw im in pa, usa

      • Steve

        My iPad went through the same route as yours and is sitting in Louisville as well, I live in CA

  • Megan

    I ordered mine the day of launch at about 3pm cst- 32g white AT&T and it shipped last Friday. To Alaska then to ky and its just culling out there. Must be right–they want everybody to get them on the 16th cuz that’s when they’re released in stores. Other wise we could sell ours early for mega $$$. ;). Bummer! I wouldn’t sell mine!

  • Megan

    I’m in mn

  • Deb

    I ordered mine on the launch date also. Due to arrive on the 16th but have not seen movement since it arrived in Ankorage Alaska on 3/10 with a departure scan of 8:41PM. Transit on time is changing daily with 3 business days left till delivery. I think they are hiding them.

  • Jerry

    Me too. My order has not moved since 3/10,

    Location Date Local Time Activity
    Anchorage, AK, United States 03/10/2012 11:25 P.M. Departure Scan
    03/10/2012 9:30 P.M. Arrival Scan
    Shanghai, China 03/11/2012 6:18 A.M. Departure Scan
    Chengdu, China 03/11/2012 2:28 A.M. Departure Scan
    Chengdu, China 03/10/2012 12:30 A.M. Arrival Scan

    • JohnJ

      Mine too,,, same times and all
      Anchorage, AK, United States 03/10/2012 11:25 P.M. Departure Scan
      03/10/2012 9:30 P.M. Arrival Scan
      Shanghai, China 03/11/2012 6:18 A.M. Departure Scan
      Chengdu, China 03/11/2012 2:28 A.M. Departure Scan
      Chengdu, China 03/09/2012 7:55 P.M. Arrival Scan

  • Frank

    ordered mine through the app an hour after they opened access. Even though I have engraving the i-pad shipped for delivery on 3/16. Currently sitting in Louisville, Kentucky and I live in Charlotte NC. This warehouse must be packed by now… so start shipping 🙂

  • Jeremy

    Mine is due for delivery on the 16th (UK) but no tracking information exists just yet. What I find odd is that apparently (after speaking to an apple representative) the item can be technically “Shipped” yet not actually shipped. So 4 days of “shipped = not actually shipped at all in a way that’s trackable”. I’m still hopeful it’ll turn up on time and I will always struggle to understand the logic of shipped = not trackable and not technically shipped.

  • ed

    My ipad is also at Louisville
    Louisville, KY, United States 03/11/2012 11:26 A.M. Arrival Scan

    I suppose there is a Borg cube of ipads over at Louisville right now, under heavy security.

  • Alex

    I bought my iPad within the hour of when it was released. I received a shipment notice and tracking number the day after March 8th. It was shipped from China. It made it’s way all the way to Kentucky where it has been held for the past 3 days 🙁 Apparently Apple has a tremendous amount of control over their shipments. Most likely I will receive the iPad as promised on March 16th like everybody else!

    I wonder if anyone has tried calling carrier to see if they can have their package make its way faster?????

  • Laura

    Mine is waiting in Louisville. It started moving on 3-10-2012 and has gone from Shenzhen to Hong Kong to Anchorage then to Louisville arriving at 2:23 AM on 3-13-2012. It takes no longer than 2.5 hours to drive from Indianapolis to Louisville so it is a case of so close and yet so far. UPS usually delivers to my house fairly late in the afternoon so I expect it to arrive shortly before I get home from work on Fricay or even a little bit after.

    I am sure Apple has some pretty strict instructions about when to deliver so I do not expect to see it early. I do expect it to leave Louisville for Indy some time tonight though.

  • Chris

    What I wouldn’t give to see the shipment leave Kentucky, I live(stationed) in North Dakota and there isn’t an apple store with in 8 hours drive off here so this was my only launch day hope.

  • Jason

    Mine is sitting in Louisville, KT too. It was in China like everybody else’s. But the problem is that my iPad has been sitting in Louisville for 2 days. It arrived early morning on 13th and now is 14 night already… I wonder if it is going to be delivered on 16th as promised. It is a gift I bought for my girlfriend. If it doesn’t arrive on time, her heart will be broken, so will be mine. Apple, just deliver that thing please….

  • Laura

    3-15-2012 1:14 PM EDT
    UPS shows my iPad with an import scan as of 12:06 PM — the first change since it arrived at 2:23 AM on 3-13-2012. It is probably getting ready to be sent to Indy so it can be put out on a truck for delivery first thing tomorrow morning. It will then drive around town for about 12 hours before it gets delivered to my house. UPS never delivers before 4:00 PM in my neighborhood so I would be very surprised to see it delivered before then. But it is moving and I am happy about that.

  • Megan

    Ditto. Mine had an import scan at 847am. Waiting-very impatiently- but at least I know it’s still there! Agh!

  • Megan

    407 pm left ky

  • angela

    left Kentucky for Westchester at 3:42 pm today

    • Mine is still in Kentucky as of 16:00 mountain time, I live in Utah.

  • Deb

    Mine left Kentucky at 5:24 pm, hopefully on its way to Bonita Springs, FL
    Finally movement after days sitting in Anchorage. Yeah!

  • Chris

    Left kentucky and has already passed through Minneapolis on its way to Minot(ND) UPS is hit or miss up here some days they show up at before noon and sometimes they drop it off at 8pm. With all luck it will not show up during the hour my wife has to drive to town but with my luck that is exactly what will happen. At least I don’t have to fight at Best Buy or hope they randomly have the one I want at Walmart like I did last year(best impulse buy ever).

  • Deb

    Scheduled Delivery:
    Friday, 03/16/2012, By End of Day (Woo Hoo!)
    Last Location:
    Naples, FL, United States, Friday, 03/16/2012

  • Laura

    9:14 AM EDT
    Mine has been out for delivery since 3:24 AM (or 5:36 AM depending on when you looked) so I expect it to be there when I get home this evening. I know what I will be doing this evening!

  • rylee heart

    i ordered mine this morning. is it delivered to the door step by UPS or through the mail?