Apple unveiled the new iPad in San Francisco, Calif. on March 7, 2012. It is Apple's first product release following the death of Steve Jobs.
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Sorry, techies. If you're after the new iPad, you're going to have to wait. 

The Apple website shows March 19 is now the earliest ship date available for consumers looking to order the new tablet online, USA TODAY said.  

"Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased," Apple said in a statement quoted by the paper. 

The new iPad is scheduled to become available in retail stores March 16, meaning the only way left or a consumer to get one that day will be to wait in line at an Apple store or reseller. 

"If past is precedent, there could be long waits in line at some Apple Stores when sales begin at brick-and-mortar locations," USA TODAY said. 

The new iPad was unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco and features a crisper Retina display, faster processor, voice dictation and access to a speedier 4G wireless data network. 

Demand for the new device appears at least as intense as demand was for its predecessor, the iPad 2. 

"By Thursday morning, less than a day after it appeared on the U.S. store, ship dates for the 16 GB models had slipped from one day to three. By Friday, according to several sources, ship dates for all models in all 25 countries had slipped to anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks," CNNMoney reported.

Prices for the new iPad start at $499 in the US for a WiFi-only model with 16 gigabytes of storage. The 4G version starts at $629. 

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