12:01 a.m. March 12th? Who will be waiting?

brock2621

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I've never pre-ordered anything from apple, and I know they generally wait until 10am or so to do site updates, but is there any chance pre-ordering could be up at 12:01am? Have any other product pre-orders from apple done this?
 

EddyP

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If you wait until 11:59 pm, you can get one with flash and a camera. ;)
 

bbydon

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I don't think apple has ever updated their site at midnight.
My guess is between 6am-9am eastern time. Thats when some hardware refreshes have shown up for sale on the online store.
 

admanimal

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You forgot to specify what time zone your 12:01 AM is in. You're definitely not going to be able to get one at 12:01 AM EST, but maybe at 12:01 AM PST. In reality it will probably be some time later in the morning/evening.
 

brock2621

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I think apple runs on PST so it would be 3:01am my time... I am going to assume around 12:01am my time, but that's not to say I won't be up just in case ;)
 

Icaras

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I've never pre-ordered anything from apple, and I know they generally wait until 10am or so to do site updates, but is there any chance pre-ordering could be up at 12:01am? Have any other product pre-orders from apple done this?
Just get a good night's sleep and do it in the morning. Is it seriously going to kill you not waiting till morning? You're not even physically getting the thing that day. Is this really something people should be worrying about? You have a whole month to do this too.

Anyway, think of it like Christmas morning, except of Santa leaving you gifts, you'll be giving him your credit card information.
 

Julien

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So if you stay up late masturbate and order at 12:01 what special thing happens:confused: It still arrives on April 3ed just like all the other pre orders or does it come with a chocolate covered peanut or something?:D
 

brock2621

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So if you stay up late masturbate and order at 12:01 what special thing happens:confused: It still arrives on April 3ed just like all the other pre orders or does it come with a chocolate covered peanut or something?:D
Ummm.... anyways.....
 

brock2621

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Just get a good night's sleep and do it in the morning. Is it seriously going to kill you not waiting till morning? You're not even physically getting the thing that day. Is this really something people should be worrying about? You have a whole month to do this too.

Anyway, think of it like Christmas morning, except of Santa leaving you gifts, you'll be giving him your credit card information.
Are you not anxious to get your pre-order in early? Aren't they shipped in order of pre-order? So if a million ppl pre-order, they ship 400,000 first shipment, then what? You have to wait until the next shipment (assuming they can ship 600,000).
 

Chupa Chupa

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FYI for the pre-order nubes:

1) I've never seen Apple start pre-orders at midnight, and seriously doubt they'll start now.

2) Apple pre-orders are not processed "first come, first served." Just b/c you order order first mean your unit will go out first. For more on this search back to an iPhone or OS X pre-order and you'll find plenty of people "screaming" that their order hasn't been marked as "shipped" yet when another post notes his order is "In Transit" and he ordered two days after the pre-order started.

3) Apple will not charge you until it ships but it does put a hold on the final amount, so expect your charge limit possibly be reduced after you purchase.

Just giving you this heads up so you don't have unrealistic expectations.
 

admanimal

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2) Apple pre-orders are not processed "first come, first served." Just b/c you order order first mean your unit will go out first. For more on this search back to an iPhone or OS X pre-order and you'll find plenty of people "screaming" that their order hasn't been marked as "shipped" yet when another post notes his order is "In Transit" and he ordered two days after the pre-order started.
The shipped pre-orders might not be processed in order, but one would have to guess that in-store pickup reservations would have some order to them. So assuming that there is some limit to the number of units a particular store can have on reserve, it seems like it would be beneficial to be among the first to reserve one.
 

mac jones

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What will happen is all the people who wait up all night will fall asleep and wake up at noon which by then is too late as they sold out after going on sale AT 8AM

The early bird catches nothing ;)
 

Icaras

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Are you not anxious to get your pre-order in early? Aren't they shipped in order of pre-order? So if a million ppl pre-order, they ship 400,000 first shipment, then what? You have to wait until the next shipment (assuming they can ship 600,000).
Actually, no I don't intend to be an early adopter for the iPad, but I'm also not waiting for the second generation either.

Since I'm waiting for either the new Mac Pro or the new iMac, I'm personally waiting until May to see if Apple gives the iPad any special back-to-school promotional treatment. And since both machines will probably not be refreshed by summer at the latest, I'm really in no hurry to get one.
 

Chupa Chupa

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The shipped pre-orders might not be processed in order, but one would have to guess that in-store pickup reservations would have some order to them. So assuming that there is some limit to the number of units a particular store can have on reserve, it seems like it would be beneficial to be among the first to reserve one.
Reservation orders are a separate inventory from regular store allocation, and ship separately. In fact there was a huge snafu w/ the 3GS in some stores as the reservation orders did not arrive on launch day. People came to the store to p/u their reservation and were told it did not arrive yet even as they were selling new 3GS's to customers who did not reserve. The reservists ask if they could get one of the store's units, and were told, yes... if they went to the back of the line.

Again, no advantage to being the first to reserve, and when reserving, no guarantee you'll get your unit on launch day, and Apple will make this disclaimer when you reserve.
 

SteveSparks

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The shipped pre-orders might not be processed in order, but one would have to guess that in-store pickup reservations would have some order to them. So assuming that there is some limit to the number of units a particular store can have on reserve, it seems like it would be beneficial to be among the first to reserve one.
I doubt it. The point of the reservation is that they know the number to send. I suspect you will be required to PAY for the iPad you reserve, or at least give a credit card that will be charged on the release day.
 

Bodhi395

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Reservation orders are a separate inventory from regular store allocation, and ship separately. In fact there was a huge snafu w/ the 3GS in some stores as the reservation orders did not arrive on launch day. People came to the store to p/u their reservation and were told it did not arrive yet even as they were selling new 3GS's to customers who did not reserve. The reservists ask if they could get one of the store's units, and were told, yes... if they went to the back of the line.

This story scares me, since I was thinking of just reserving it at my local apple store for pick-up instead of having it shipped to my house. I'm guessing this snafu was isolated and most likely won't happen with the ipad, but I guess its a possibility. Although to me, I think Apple should have let the people with reservations gotten first dibs on the non-reserved inventory, it would only be fair.

Also, I'm thinking the lines for the ipad are going to have to be shorter, or at least move faster since no one will have to get their ipad activated. I imagine part of the reason for long lines for the iphone was it takes awhile to get a person set up with ATT on the iphone, where as the ipad you merely need to give the person a credit card or cash and you can buy it fairly quickly.
 

Eddyisgreat

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Reservation orders are a separate inventory from regular store allocation, and ship separately. In fact there was a huge snafu w/ the 3GS in some stores as the reservation orders did not arrive on launch day. People came to the store to p/u their reservation and were told it did not arrive yet even as they were selling new 3GS's to customers who did not reserve. The reservists ask if they could get one of the store's units, and were told, yes... if they went to the back of the line.

Again, no advantage to being the first to reserve, and when reserving, no guarantee you'll get your unit on launch day, and Apple will make this disclaimer when you reserve.
My experience was the opposite. Infact they let everyone who reserved line up ahead of those who didn't. A fellow linemate got in line that night but didn't preorder and got told to hit what was essentially the back of the line in the morning. We petitioned for him to not have to wait but it didn't work lol.
 

roland.g

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Are you not anxious to get your pre-order in early? Aren't they shipped in order of pre-order? So if a million ppl pre-order, they ship 400,000 first shipment, then what? You have to wait until the next shipment (assuming they can ship 600,000).
So you want to be one of the 400,000 first shipment that 42% of will have freezing, backlight, dead pixels, battery, yellow tint, and whatever other rev A. first run production issues might come along (remember the first black MacBook), where you will be posting which week was yours built questions and spending 1/2 your iPad time on the phone with Apple troubleshooting and setting up warranty repair and replacements while the people that wait 4 months will thank you (not really) for being the guinea helping Apple fix the productions issues that lab and limited scale testing and production don't bring to light.

Cool, thanks. ;)
 

GeekGirl*

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So you want to be one of the 400,000 first shipment that 42% of will have freezing, backlight, dead pixels, battery, yellow tint, and whatever other rev A. first run production issues might come along (remember the first black MacBook), where you will be posting which week was yours built questions and spending 1/2 your iPad time on the phone with Apple troubleshooting and setting up warranty repair and replacements while the people that wait 4 months will thank you (not really) for being the guinea helping Apple fix the productions issues that lab and limited scale testing and production don't bring to light.

Cool, thanks. ;)
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