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Following the staggering success of its predecessors, Apple's new iPad was always going to huge. With its stunning Retina display, 5-megapixel iSight camera, quad-core graphics, and 4G LTE connectivity, you could say that this is by far the best iPad yet. And Apple's initial sales numbers have confirmed that.

The Cupertino company has announced that demand for its latest tablet has been "off the charts," and that all of its pre-order stock was completely sold out within the first five days of availability. Customers who are yet to place their order for the device now face a lengthy wait, with shipping times slipping to 2-3 weeks worldwide.

In a statement issued to the CNET, Apple said:

"Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased. Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. Beginning Friday, March 16, the new iPad will be available for purchase at Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers on a first come, first-served basis."

As Apple notes, if you didn't get your pre-order in on time, then there's still a chance to bag your new iPad on March 16 by visiting selected retail stores across the U.S. and other launch countries. However, stock is expected to be very limited — especially at third-party retailers — so it's sure to sell out quickly. It may be a good idea to begin queuing now.

If you did order on time and you're expecting delivery on launch day, then your iPad should have been shipped by now. It's highly unlikely, however, that it will arrive before Friday.

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[via CNET]