Apple: iPad 2 available on Friday, March 11 at 1am PT online; 5pm local time in Apple stores

Apple today announced that iPad 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more, will be available tomorrow at 5pm local time at all 236 Apple retail stores in the US and through the Apple Store beginning at 1am PT. Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad 2 before they leave the store. iPad 2 will also be available beginning at 5pm local time at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life that users have come to expect. iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the innovative iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of vibrant polyurethane and rich leather colors.

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in the US on March 11 at the following suggested retail prices:
• $499 for the 16GB model
• $599 for the 32GB model
• $699 for the 64GB model.

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available at the following suggested retail prices:
• $629 for the 16GB model
• $729 for the 32GB model
• $829 for the 64GB model.

iMovie and GarageBand for iPad apps are available today for $4.99 each from the iTunes App Store. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 or rich leather for $69.

iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Source: Apple Inc.

19 Comments

    1. Actually Jax, the reverse is true. According to their respective pages on Apple.com, Garageband says “works with iPad and iPad 2”. iMovie “works with iPhone 4,
      fourth-generation iPod touch, and iPad 2”.

      Bummer. I was more excited about iMovie than GarageBand, but we’ll see after I get my hands on it…

    1. I guess you must be new. Apple product introductions at their stores almost always take place in the late afternoon on Friday. Usually they start at 6 pm, but they apparently wanted an extra sales hour for iPad 2.

  1. “through the Apple Store beginning at 1am PT”

    the time keeps changing on me…. this will be a late night for me.
    I cant buy them retail, i’m ordering multiple with a CC that i’m not named on.

    1. But wasn’t the iPhone 4 launched on Thursday? Still the late afternoon launch seems odd to me. Wait until the whole world is out of school and out of work?

      They would have long lines no matter what, but this just makes it crazy. Let people cut school or call out of work if they want. But this just seems like there will be enormous lines (queues) for the 5 o’clock news I guess.

  2. @Ralph M

    Um, you’re also wrong about the launch of the original iPad. I was in line for the morning (9am? 10am? I forget) store opening on launch day, and walked out 15 minutes after they opened with an iPad. It was not a 5pm or 6pm launch. (But hey, that was just a minor launch, so maybe you’re not counting it, right? lol).

    I guess you must be new.

  3. I’m planning to get to the Houston Galleria at 6 am and be the very first person in line if one has not yet formed tonight. The mall is not open 24 hours a day, so I might just have a shot. I hope people will help me out and keep my place in line so I can have a potty break now and then. Can’t wait!

  4. Maybe Apple wants media coverage of people lined up all day Friday, until the celebration at 5pm when the line actually starts moving.

    Since there are so many large retailers selling them at the same time, I don’t expect to see lines going around the block and through the mall at Apple Stores. Target and WalMart are going to have them from HOUR ONE? Really? I guess that’s what you call “mainstream.”

  5. Apple lied…
    They said 1 am pst.
    My first order was placed at 12:53 am 😉

    I opened up the apple store to see if they had the sticky note like they normally do.. The image for the iPad 2 had changed, with a button saying order now.

    One thing that I didn’t like… Zero shipping options…
    Free shipping is all you can do. Even 1 click settings didnt work.
    So est delivery 3-18 to 3-25.
    Oh well, at least I got them.

    Went with the big bad boy for myself, 64 gb 3G. (black)
    Although I did order one white… Let’s see when it actually gets here 😉

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