After launching preorders for its third-generation iPad last week, shipping estimates for the new iOS device have been pushed back twice – Apple has sold out of its preorder stock, and new orders are now estimated to ship in two to three weeks.

Apple launched preorders for the new iPad back on Wednesday, March 7, and orders placed around that time are expected to reach customers on Friday (March 16). However, just two days after preorders launched Apple pushed back its shipping estimate to one to two weeks, and now estimates have increased again to two to three weeks.

The company also released a statement regarding the popularity of its new iPad to USA Today:

“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. “Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.”

If you haven’t already preordered a new iPad, it’s bad news. Thanks to Apple’s new shipping estimates, new orders might not reach customers until the end of the month, or even the beginning of the next.

The other option available of course is the famed Apple Store queue. Already, fans have started lining-up for Apple’s new iPad outside the Regent Street Apple Store, in London.

Let us know your third-generation iPad plans in the comments below.

[via 9to5Mac]