March 11, 2012, 8:50 AM — The first delivery notifications for customers who have pre-ordered the new iPad are being sent out.
Seth Weintraub of 9to5Mac has received a delivery notification confirming that the new iPad will be delivered to him via UPS on 16 March.
Two things are interesting about the delivery note - firstly, the device is referred to as "iPad with Wi-Fi 16GB - Black (3rd generation).
Secondly, the tracking information provided by UPS shows that the unit was prepared for delivery in Chengdu, China - the location of a Foxconn plant where a deadly explosion occured in May 2011.
Those of you in the UK who haven't pre-ordered a new iPad yet, though, don't stand any chance of having the device delivered on 16 March as all models now show a wait of two to three weeks on the Apple website.
So, if you want to get your hands on a new iPad next Friday, your only remaining options is to get yourself in a queue on Friday morning - perhaps even earlier.