While we have had March 12 as a solid release date for the iPad, there are still many people not satisfied with simply a date and need to know exactly when they will be able to preorder through Apple.com. Thankfully TUAW is reporting today that the iPad pre orders will officially begin at 5:30 AM PST (8:30 AM EST) through store.apple.com. While rumors of shortages of the device have been, for the most part, shot down by Apple, there are still many iPad crazed Apple fans worried about getting their hands on the device at the earliest possible moment. TUAW was able to contact Apple PR who told them,“Customers can pre-order online at apple.com at 5:30am Pacific time on Friday, March 12.”
All this being said, these are still just preorders. You of course will still not get the device shipped until April 3rd for wi-fi models and sometime in late April for the 3G models.