As mixed as the press response to the iPad has been, Apple doesn't seem to be having trouble scoring pre-orders. According to AppleInsider, the Mac maker has apparently run out of iPads to ship in time for the April 3 U.S. launch. Folks who placed pre-orders after last Friday will have to wait until April 12 for their orders to head out.
The iPad pre-order rush may not have affected pricier, 3G-enabled versions of the device, though. Apple's online store still quotes a "late April" shipment time frame for those. (Again, iPads with 3G connectivity carry a $130 premium over their Wi-Fi-only counterparts, so they start at $629.)
AppleInsider points out that the apparent pre-order volume corroborates a March 18 story by the Wall Street Journal. At the time, the Journal quoted "people familiar with the matter" as saying Apple had already sold "hundreds of thousands" of the oversized iPhone-like contraptions. Once source went so far as to assert the iPad could see more sales within its first three months of availability than the original iPhone.