Current 12.9 Shipping Times?

Chupa Chupa

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So Apple is saying 1-2 weeks for a 12.9", 256GB, Space Gray, WiFi+Cellular but then gives Aug 1-8 ship date. Obviously Aug 1 would be two weeks. Aug 8 is 3 weeks so a bit of a discrepancy.

For those who ordered from Apple a week or two ago what is your experience so far?

Anyone order from Adorama or B&H? How have those gone? I've contacted customer service of both and neither will give me a usable delivery range or how many people would be ahead of me or whether the iPads would drop ship direct from Apple.
 
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Starhawk

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B&H currently has exactly half of the various 12.9 models in stock (which is the best it has been since the 2017's released). I'm still waiting on one of the ones that's not.
 

blwade

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I put in an order with Abt originally for a 12.9 Space Gray 256gb Wifi model on July 5th.. ended up cancelling it (after no movement) on July 12th when Apple announced the back to school program...

Originally, Abt estimated a delivery of July 14th - 24th (which I was kind of skeptical about anyways), and I now have an estimate of 26th - 2nd from Apple which I was hoping would be shipping sooner than expected. It seems like the 12.9" are being made incredibly slow.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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So Apple is saying 1-2 weeks for a 12.9", 256GB, Space Gray, WiFi+Cellular but then gives Aug 1-8 ship date. Obviously Aug 1 would be two weeks. Aug 8 is 3 weeks so a bit of a discrepancy.

For those who ordered from Apple a week or two ago what is your experience so far?

Anyone order from Adorama or B&H? How have those gone? I've contacted customer service of both and neither will give me a usable delivery range or how many people would be ahead of me or whether the iPads would drop ship direct from Apple.
I ordered mine (256GB space grey 12.9) just a few days ago, was quoted as 1-2 weeks but is 1st to 8th as well.
 

Chupa Chupa

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It seems like the 12.9" are being made incredibly slow.
Yes, it's kinda curious to me. The 10.5 is widely available and the 12.9 is so random... this a month plus after launch. Either Apple misjudged demand or the panels are in shorter supply than the 10.5's because aside from the panel the guts of the two are the same.
 
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Pspressart

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Ordered 12.9" 256GB Space Gray WiFi on July 5th. Payment processed yesterday, and has been "Preparing for shipment" since then.
I ordered my 12.9 256GB Space Gray Cellular + Wifi on July 2 and received it yesterday. The “Preparing for shipment” takes a full day. The one good thing was that the original delivery date was the 20th and I got it on the 17th.
 
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Relentless Power

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Yes, it's kinda curious to me. The 10.5 is widely available and the 12.9 is so random... this a month plus after launch. Either Apple misjudged demand or the panels are in shorter supply than the 10.5's because aside from the panel the guts of the two are the same.
My theory is Apple undermined the 12.9 iPad Pro demand, likely because it did not see as much of a physical refresh as the 10.5 did, which they thought would be the more popular model of the two. The 12.9 was primarily a specification update mainly. Also, it seems some have migrated away from their laptops to using the iPad as a computer with what iOS 11 will offer after they saw the WWDC demo. Also, the 12.9 offers a similar display size to what some were using before with their laptop which might align with their liking for a larger display.
 

Chupa Chupa

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My theory is Apple undermined the 12.9 iPad Pro demand, likely because it did not see as much of a physical refresh as the 10.5 did, which they thought would be the more popular model of the two. The 12.9 was primarily a specification update mainly. Also, it seems some have migrated away from their laptops to using the iPad as a computer with what iOS 11 will offer after they saw the WWDC demo. Also, the 12.9 offers a similar display size to what some were using before with their laptop which might align with their liking for a larger display.
If that is the case then TC is truly off his game. First he him self admitted he misjudged demand for the iPhone 7 Plus. Then if he misjudged demand for the cellular iPad Pro, good lord just keeps me asking why he is in charge.

Personally, as someone who did not care for the first gen 12.9, didn't consider it ever, even mocked it a bit, but has an order in for the current model, I disagree that the 2017 version is a spec bump. It's upgrades and added features are more than just a processor update. If it was just that I'd be buying a 10.5. The 12.9 case is quite improved over its predecessor, both thinner and lighter, key factors for traditional 9.7 owners like me.
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I ordered my 12.9 256GB Space Gray Cellular + Wifi on July 2 and received it yesterday. The “Preparing for shipment” takes a full day. The one good thing was that the original delivery date was the 20th and I got it on the 17th.
Curious -- did it ship to you direct from China or a U.S. warehouse?
 

blwade

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I'm not convinced that it is just a "we underestimated stock" issue. I know mac rumors users is a SMALL subset of iPad owners, but it doesn't SEEM like the demand for the 12.9 is that much greater than the 10.5 from what I've seen on the forums...

Perhaps initially, it was underestimated.. but I would think someone like Apple would have been able to ramp up a little better than they have. I wonder if there was some unknown issue with 12.9 production or if working on the next iPhone has just consumed too many resources and they aren't able to even temporarily ramp up production.

New 12.9 production is so slow.. especially compared to the iPhone releases...
 

Sayrah

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I ordered my 12.9 256GB Space Gray Cellular + Wifi on July 2 and received it yesterday. The “Preparing for shipment” takes a full day. The one good thing was that the original delivery date was the 20th and I got it on the 17th.
I got the notification of shipment this morning. It appears to have left China and is now in Hong Kong. Scheduled to be delivered by Monday July 24th by 8pm.
 

richpjr

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I wonder if there is a supply problem on some components (screen?) in the 12.9 that is making them so hard to get out. This seems like a pretty long time after launch to still not have any in stores and to have long lead times online.
 
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Relentless Power

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If that is the case then TC is truly off his game. First he him self admitted he misjudged demand for the iPhone 7 Plus. Then if he misjudged demand for the cellular iPad Pro, good lord just keeps me asking why he is in charge.

Personally, as someone who did not care for the first gen 12.9, didn't consider it ever, even mocked it a bit, but has an order in for the current model, I disagree that the 2017 version is a spec bump. It's upgrades and added features are more than just a processor update. If it was just that I'd be buying a 10.5. The 12.9 case is quite improved over its predecessor, both thinner and lighter, key factors for traditional 9.7 owners like me.
Not to mention the Apple Watch launch that was sorely undermined with stock and it took almost four months for some to receive their Watch after the initial launch in April 2015.

For you upgrading from the 9.7 to the 12.9, that's fairly obvious it's a change. But for any previous 2015 12.9 owners in comparison to the 2017 12.9 iPad, it's primarily a specification update internally. Both the previous 12.9 iPad and the new one are no where near that much of a difference physically. Yes, it's thinner and slightly lighter, but looking side by side, they are the same. That's Not what most would consider a hardware revamp, especially looking at the 10.5 iPad with 40 % reduced bezels resulting in more display Area. I did forget to mention Apple upgraded the camera on the both Pro models from the iPhone 7, so there is that also.

Furthermore, the 2017 12.9 iPad has the upgraded internal updates with Tru-Tone, obviously the A10X and it retained the 4 GB of Ram as the previous model. But it's still an upgrade for some, but certainly not physically from previous 12.9 iPad owners. It's about the added power, Tru-Tone and anything else someone finds value in the new 12.9 iPad.
 

Acorn

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Store stock keeps getting pushed ahead. In june they said they would get stock like july 4. then on june 28 they said they would get stock on july 18. then on july 7 they said they would get stock on july 24. then on july 18 they said they would get stock on aug 9th. Waiting until the 9th of aug seems almost pointless because on the 28 of july they will move the 9th of aug to the 24th. These dates are not on point. They are just to illustrate what has been happening.
 

jac2598

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So Apple is saying 1-2 weeks for a 12.9", 256GB, Space Gray, WiFi+Cellular but then gives Aug 1-8 ship date. Obviously Aug 1 would be two weeks. Aug 8 is 3 weeks so a bit of a discrepancy.

For those who ordered from Apple a week or two ago what is your experience so far?
I ordered via Apple Store on July 5th. My 12.9" iPad Pro, 256GB, Space Gray, WiFi+Cellular shipped on 7/18 and is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow (7/21). My estimated shipping times were 1-2 weeks and delivery between the 19th and 26th. That was based on when I ordered on the 5th.
 

mecoolai

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I put in an order with Abt originally for a 12.9 Space Gray 256gb Wifi model on July 5th.. ended up cancelling it (after no movement) on July 12th when Apple announced the back to school program...

Originally, Abt estimated a delivery of July 14th - 24th (which I was kind of skeptical about anyways), and I now have an estimate of 26th - 2nd from Apple which I was hoping would be shipping sooner than expected. It seems like the 12.9" are being made incredibly slow.
Ha! I ordered July 4 from ABT (my order was processed July 5) and still waiting for my order. One of the reps was more helpful but they told me that they order in batches. Their order of 50 iPad Pro was ordered 6/17 but they haven't received it yet. That means its been 4 weeks or so! I keep bugging them everyday in hopes that they get it this week or latest next week.
 

blwade

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Ha! I ordered July 4 from ABT (my order was processed July 5) and still waiting for my order. One of the reps was more helpful but they told me that they order in batches. Their order of 50 iPad Pro was ordered 6/17 but they haven't received it yet. That means its been 4 weeks or so! I keep bugging them everyday in hopes that they get it this week or latest next week.
Did you have the same 14-24th estimate for delivery?

I wonder if I made the right choice...
 

mecoolai

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Did you have the same 14-24th estimate for delivery?

I wonder if I made the right choice...
My estimated delivery window was July 18-26th, so pretty close to yours. I'm not dying to get the iPad Pro however it hasn't been in stock anywhere else until recently if you go to iStockNow.
 
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