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Apple iPad pre-orders sold out for launch-day delivery

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In what is becoming an iOS ritual, Apple has sold out of iPad pre-orders for launch-day delivery, with current orders listing an expected March 19th ship date.

Gallery Photo: New iPad hands-on photos
Gallery Photo: New iPad hands-on photos

If you're hoping to get your hands on Apple's new iPad on launch day but haven't already ordered, an Apple Store line may be in your future. Cupertino's US online store is now listing a March 19th ship date for all 9 variants of the new Retina Display-equipped slate, a full three days after the device's release. It's an almost expected occurrence at this point, with Apple having run into the same issue with the release of previous iOS devices in recent years. While no specific details have been given on in-store availability or customer limits as of yet, Apple's brick-and-mortar locations have traditionally had stock to sell on a first-come, first-serve basis — but you may want to watch out for any spontaneous Galaxy Note-inspired musical numbers.