“Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased,” Apple tells “USA Today” (http://macte.ch/YernT) in a statement. “Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.”

Apple’s website shows March 19 as the earliest ship date for online orders of its popular tablet computer. There’s a limit of two per customer on the number of tablets that can preordered.

Consumers hoping to get their hands on an iPad on March 16 launch will have to visit one of Apple’s retail stores or select Apple resellers. While the Apple site still says models will be available in stores come Friday, there are unconfirmed reports that shipments worldwide could be delayed from three days to three weeks, notes “USA Today.”