Apple begins to ship initial orders for the new iPad

Looks like some of the iMore staff, readers, and forum members are already getting shipment notifications from Apple for the new iPad's they ordered on event day, March 7.

Before anyone gets too exited and thinks this means their new iPad will be arriving overnight or early next week, delivery dates via Fedex are for Friday, March 16, the official new iPad launch day. (Though in the past, courier slip-ups have led to a few lucky people getting iOS devices a day or so ahead of schedule).

If you pre-ordered your new iPad from Apple, what's the status of your order? We're tracking this like NORAD tracks Santa so let us know when you ordered, what you ordered, and when Apple says you're getting it.

And jump into our New iPad forum if you want to track along with us.