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gan6660
Mar 13, 2010, 09:33 AM
I reserved an iPad for instore pickup on April 3rd and also want to get a case, vga adapter, and maybe the dock for it. Yesterday when I was on the apple online store it said that case the ships by april 3rd but now it says ships mid-april. the keyboard dock is the same way except it says ships by late april. Should I order now or do you think there will be accessories in stores on release day?



rdowty
Mar 13, 2010, 09:43 AM
I ordered my accessories separately just in case.

kes601
Mar 13, 2010, 09:44 AM
I went ahead and ordered my accessories via the online store. I'm picking up my iPad at the store. I figured I'd rather wait a day or two for the accessories (being delivered to work) than take a chance on them running out at the store.

hhlee
Mar 13, 2010, 09:49 AM
I reserved mine for pickup and will do the same for accessories. If you really need to use it soon - I wouldn't hesitate to order now.

wolfpackfan
Mar 13, 2010, 09:50 AM
It's strange - I just tried to pre-order the dock for pickup and it wouldn't let me, even though the button said pre-order. When I clicked on it, it took me to the online store to purchase the item for shipment. Oh well, I guess I'll just wait to see if they are at the store.

Clix Pix
Mar 13, 2010, 09:52 AM
I'm going to take my chances and get the dock, case and Applecare at the store when I'm picking up my iPad. I thought about ordering them separately but decided to just wait....

gan6660
Mar 13, 2010, 09:56 AM
It's strange - I just tried to pre-order the dock for pickup and it wouldn't let me, even though the button said pre-order. When I clicked on it, it took me to the online store to purchase the item for shipment. Oh well, I guess I'll just wait to see if they are at the store.

They wont let you reserve for pickup only preorder for shipment. Im still not sure because the thing I wanted most (the case) now doesnt ship until mid-april and the other 2 thing dont seem like they are huge sellers so I think I may arrive at the store early to get the accessories.

testcard
Mar 13, 2010, 09:58 AM
http://www.tuaw.com/category/ipad

CoreyMac
Mar 13, 2010, 10:09 AM
I pre-ordered my iPad with the Case and AppleCare. I'd strongly suggest pre-ordering the case, as I think that is going to be tough to find because for $39 the attach rate is going to be high with each iPad sold. Plus, why would you want your iPad unprotected for any amount of time

gan6660
Mar 13, 2010, 10:11 AM
I pre-ordered my iPad with the Case and AppleCare. I'd strongly suggest pre-ordering the case, as I think that is going to be tough to find because for $39 the attach rate is going to be high with each iPad sold. Plus, why would you want your iPad unprotected for any amount of time

See I keep going back and forth, if I preorder the case online it wont arrive until mid april but the Apple store I am going to pick the iPad up at isnt in a huge area with 10,000 of thousands of people so I kind of want to take my chances but then again if I dont get the case in store who knows how far back the order date will be for them online.

epi117
Mar 13, 2010, 10:13 AM
I went back and ordered the case and extra charger. Portland stores are going to be like a madhouse.

sparkstsa
Mar 13, 2010, 10:20 AM
When I ordered the ipad and case, the case showed to ship April 3rd and it still shows that way in my order status. I noticed today on the Apple store that the ship date now says mid April. Do you think they have already sold more than what they had available for April 3rd?

bunger
Mar 13, 2010, 10:26 AM
I ordered the 32GB wifi iPad and the Apple case through the online store. The case now shows its expected ship date of April 15, with a delivery date of the 20th...

AJsAWiz
Mar 13, 2010, 10:40 AM
I ordered my accessories separately just in case.

Good idea.
The only one I placed with my pre order was the VGA adapter. I didn't order the other ones I wanted because they won't be available April 3rd anyway. I think I'll just do what you did :cool:

admanimal
Mar 13, 2010, 10:46 AM
I pre-ordered the regular dock and VGA cable, but not the case even though in theory I want one. Cases are one of those things you have to see in person to see if it suits you or not. I guess I could have ordered one anyway and then sold it or something if I don't like it, but oh well.

CoreyMac
Mar 13, 2010, 10:51 AM
Delivers by the 20th? wow. Yeah I pre-ordered mine yesterday morning and it Ships by April 3rd. Looks like they're gonna be hard to get.

gwynne
Mar 13, 2010, 11:00 AM
I've got a feeling better-quality, better-priced cases will be available from aftermarket vendors at launch or soon after.

admanimal
Mar 13, 2010, 11:02 AM
Does the Apple case have anything covering the screen itself? (I hate having plastic or whatever over the screen).

CoreyMac
Mar 13, 2010, 11:05 AM
Does the Apple case have anything covering the screen itself? (I hate having plastic or whatever over the screen).

The interior of the case is Microfiber.....cant do much better than that.

admanimal
Mar 13, 2010, 11:05 AM
The interior of the case is Microfiber.....cant do much better than that.

Sorry, I mean when the front flap is open...the screen is naked, right?

CoreyMac
Mar 13, 2010, 11:07 AM
Sorry, I mean when the front flap is open...the screen is naked, right?

Yeah its naked.....but does the screen really need to be protected during use? Ruins the tactile feel of the screen....as long as its protected when i throw it in my bag thats all I personally care about....but I can see how some people can desire that feature

mac jones
Mar 13, 2010, 11:10 AM
There are going to be a a lot of cases.

One of the reasons is that the Kindle DX is almost the same size and virtually all the players are going to have iPad cases. Then there are all the iPod case makers.

I know it's tempting to order this Apple case cuz I also think it will end up backordered.

But that case looks a bit cheesy to me, and rather bare bones.

JMHO

admanimal
Mar 13, 2010, 11:25 AM
Yeah its naked.....but does the screen really need to be protected during use? Ruins the tactile feel of the screen....as long as its protected when i throw it in my bag thats all I personally care about....but I can see how some people can desire that feature

I agree...that's why I was curious.

wyneken
Mar 13, 2010, 11:26 AM
I decided to go ahead and order the case along with my iPad for home delivery.

Unless I'm mistaken, you have the option of canceling the case order as long as it hasn't yet been packed and labeled for shipping. So if April comes around, the case is still a couple of weeks off, and other 3rd-party products are available, we should be able to cancel without penalty.

CristobalHuet
Mar 13, 2010, 11:26 AM
I'd buy the keyboard dock now with no problems, but wait for the case. Honestly, there will be an influx of great iPad cases soon enough.

applefan022
Mar 13, 2010, 01:51 PM
i just looked at my order on apple.com/orderstatus and my case is still showing shipped by april 3rd, I guess they may have ran out of ipad case preorders.

FlashHead
Mar 13, 2010, 04:32 PM
Thanks for this thread. Wasn't aware cases were going so quickly, as well. I didn't expect that.

I've pre-ordered the 3G 64GB. I was really quite sure I wanted the case, too. The functionality of it as a frame and a typing platform seems ideal to me. Had heard some mixed things about the material and the quality, so I wanted to see it in person first. However, since I'm going on a 2 month business trip to Seoul in May, I don't want to risk them being on back order when I walk into the store in mid-April. (I'm out of the country now, too. Bonus is the 3G wait doesn't really affect me that much.) Bottom line, I went ahead and ordered the case separately. Figure I can always return it or sell it.

Now I'm just praying that both iPad 3G and case are not delayed for any reason.

Nebrie
Mar 13, 2010, 04:38 PM
Just ordered a case and charger; the case is estimated to ship April 15 and the charger is estimated to ship May 28!

schwabenland
Mar 13, 2010, 04:55 PM
I pre-ordered my iPad early on the 12th and then called back a couple of hours later and they told me the cases were back-ordered (they weren't when I placed the original order) - delivery not scheduled until April 20th.

I realized today that the Camera Connection Kit was not available and tried to contact Apple about why or when - no help at all. The retail store said they know nothing; the online chat person (computer?) said "I can not speculate on why the iPad Camera Connection Kit is not available"

xraydoc
Mar 13, 2010, 11:42 PM
I've got an iPad (two, actually) on reserve at my local store. My guess is that they're only going to let people with reservations up to the iPad counter before 3pm, so I'm not too afraid of them running out of cases when I pick mine up that morning. I'll probably pick up two cases (one for each iPad), one dock and one VGA cable.

I've seen some nicer-looking cases online from other companies, though they don't yet seem to be available. Either Apple will have some in-store on launch day or I'll wait for some nicer cases to come out.

R.Perez
Mar 14, 2010, 12:09 AM
I second buying the keyboard and waiting on the case. There may be much better third party ones by the time it comes out.

Sleazy E
Mar 14, 2010, 12:33 PM
whats the odds that they might be able to crank out some more cases before release? I am disappointed to have pre-ordered the iPad but the case is showing that it will not ship until the 15th. Gonna be doing some traveling early in April and it would have been nice to have a case.