Forget to preorder a new iPad early? If you must have one on the first day they’re available, you can always line up outside an Apple Store. Apple announced Wednesday its stores will open at 8 a.m. local time to sell the new iPad starting Friday.

tim cook new ipad

Let’s say you forgot to preorder the new iPad. Shipping times are currently two to three weeks, but perhaps you want one on Friday, the first day they are available. You can always go old-school and line up outside a store. Apple announced on Wednesday that its stores will open at 8 a.m. local time to sell the new iPad starting on Friday, March 16.

This doesn’t apply to all 361 of Apple’s stores, however. On Friday, Apple’s third-generation tablet will be for sale in only the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK. On March 23, the list expands to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Radio Shack, AT&T, Verizon and Best Buy will also be selling the new iPad in the U.S. starting on Friday. Check with individual stores to see what time they plan to open that day, but be warned: Non-Apple stores have typically had much less inventory of new Apple devices to sell.

The new iPad is available in black and white and starts at $499 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi-only version and goes up to $829 for 64 GB with Wi-Fi and 4G.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. Reblogged this on Dots Of Color.

  2. So youre saying the eay to get an ipad is to buy one at the store?

  3. You should also mention that Apple Specialist (authorized resellers) stores in the US may have stock on Friday and are typically not nearly as busy as corporately owned Apple stores.

    1. Erica should also mention that the Apple store actually has people who are actually breathing to sell the iPad.

  4. Just got word from a friend at AT&T that those of us with unlimited 3G data plans will be grandfathered into unlimited 4G data plans for the “new” iPad. Stoked!

  5. John Harrington, Jr. Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Thought I’d share a great resource/learning opportunity for anyone contemplating buying the new iPad. Tomorrow MaaS360 Product Manager Joshua Lambert will host a free webinar @ 2 pm ET – “The New iPad Goes to Work”. All are welcome to attend, ask questions, and learn why the “poster child of the post-PC world” will be a BYOD-favorite: http://bit.ly/xtq1VD

  6. Daniel Clutterbuck Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Do you know if usual iPad cases like the Adonit Writer http://www.business-accessories.co.uk/products/Adonit-Writer-2-Plus-Keyboard-Case-for-iPad-2.html will still fit? It’s thicker isn’t it?

  7. Actually, if one were order an iPad today in the US Apple site, it will be delivered in just a few days as usual, this is a well know fact among Apple fans. The notion that there will be a 2-3 weeks delay is a ploy to get you to stand in line, if you don’t believe it, order one online and prove me wrong.
    Otherwise, stop spreading these lies.

    1. Ordered one today and ship date is April 4. Unless they’re fibbing, you’re wrong.

      1. Apple always exaggerates how long it will take to deliver just to give the impression they deliver early.

  8. What a useless article. They might as well create an article or story called: How to get sunshine? And then drag it on with tidbits and then finally saying to go outside.

Comments have been disabled for this post