When and where to buy an Apple iPad 2 on day one

“As you may have heard, Apple’s new and improved iPad 2 goes on sale in the U.S. Friday at 5 p.m. local time,” Phillip Elmer-Dewitt reports for Fortune. “Which option is best for you depends where you live and how particular you are about the iPad you want.”

Here are your choices:
• Your nearest Apple Store [flagships and standalone stores over mall locations due to supplies]
• Apple’s retail partners: BestBuy, Target, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club
• AT&T and Verizon [3G models, no WiFi-only models]
• Apple.com [orders begin Friday at 12:01am PST/3:01am EST]

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Don’t expect large inventories at many of these places except for Apple. Heck, AT&T didn’t have more than 80-100 iPhones at many of the launch days, and weren’t they the exclusive wireless carrier in the USA for the past four years?! I remember some Wal-Marts carrying ONE iPhone 4. What a joke! Well, as long as they were able to score some sales on all their crap merchandise, I guess that carrot on a stick was worth it for them.

  2. I’ll be at the Apple Store, La Cantera, San Antonio, to get mine.

    Yeah, I could go to other places to buy my iPad 2, but it’s a lot more enjoyable to be a part of the Apple throng.

    During our wait for iPhone 4 at La Cantera, one of the Apple Geniuses was in line right behind us (on his day off), so we sorta got a four-hour-long Genius Bar appointment.

    It’s just a lot more fun to be around the hard-core Apple customers (and Apple staff) than to go deal with big box worker drones.

      1. Exactly!

        Having waited in line for the original iPhone, iPhone 4, and iPad “1” (reserved line, that is), I have met the most interesting, nice folks…of all ages and interests.

        It’s a happening.

  3. And for those of us not in the US, the wait will be even longer. I decided to forego the first edition of the iPad, so it feels like I’ve been waiting a very long time.

    But I plan on being in line on Ste-Catherine Street on the first day of availability here in Canada.

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