iPad’s New Pre-Orders Delayed, Best Buy Supply Limited?

With Apple poised to release its iPad tablet this weekend, industry observers will be watching to see just how many of the much-discussed mobile devices Apple can get into buyers’ hands.

After all, Apple continues to be plagued by rumors of production holdups affecting its hardware partners — one reason that some speculate is behind Apple’s move to hold off on shipping new pre-ordered iPads until mid-April. Then there are indications that consumer electronics retailing giant Best Buy will be carrying the device, but only in extremely limited numbers.

On the other hand, other observers see Apple being able to deliver the goods within a relatively short time frame: Witness new data from Morgan Stanley that indicates Apple may be able to ship millions of iPads to retailers by May.

EnterpriseMobileToday takes a look at the latest.

If you pre-ordered your Apple iPad for delivery this Saturday, good news: Apple has begun shipping the units.

It likely has an agreement with UPS not to deliver the units before the April 3 delivery date, something that has been done in the past with product launches. Apple arranged for iPhone 3GS deliveries on a certain date last year, and Amazon and FedEx had a similar agreement for the delivery of the later “Harry Potter” books.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the hottest new gadget from the Cupertino company, then you better be patient. For starters, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is delaying the delivery of pre-orders placed after March 27 until April 12. No official reason has been given for the delay, but Apple is believed to be bedeviled by production delays in China.

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