5pm Friday 11th March

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Colonel Badger, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Colonel Badger macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2008
    So I've been trying to find out WHERE on the Apple site it says 5pm Friday.

    I see it says 11th, but no mention of time. Does anybody have a link.

    According to this article on Mac Observer


    they maybe available early Friday morning.

    So as my initial question asks, where was it mentioned that its AFTER 5pm?

  2. Colonel Badger thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2008
    Thanks. Thought this article was wrong!!!!
  3. WLS macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2008
    Didn't they do this last year? I seem to remember it was on sale at the stores after 5pm and the pre-orders were not delivered until Saturday. I remember that Bestbuy did not receive their shipment
    until 10am on Saturday also. Or am I wrong?
  4. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
    Why 5 pm? Because the nightly national news is at 5:30-6:30 pm depending on where you live and they will have footage of both the huge day long lines as well as the happy first buyer rushing from the store.
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Not sure when preorders were delivered last year, but I do remember that at the stores, it went on sale in the morning, around 8 or 9 am. I went to the local Apple store, took a look at the lines, went to eat breakfast, then came back around noonish to pick up my pre-reserved iPad.
  6. babydinosaur macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Nope. I got my iPad in the morning when it was released last year. The only time I remember standing in line at night for something was the for 3GS because I had to work.
  7. nomad01 macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2005
    Birmingham, England
    I guess an evening release guarantees more lines as there's more chance of people standing on line after work... which then looks better to the rest of the world and the media. Cynical?? :)

    Plus I'm guessing Apple must be confident that they have supplies to meet the demand.
  8. SSpiro macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    OK.. so is this 5PM for each time zone? Or 5pm EST? Or 5pm PST?
  9. babydinosaur macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Good question. I'd imagine it would be 5PM in your local time zone. Which means people on the east coast would get it sooner. Hmm.
  10. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    Pretty much
  11. camelsnot macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    if they were confident they have supplies, they'd allow pre-orders and allow stores to sell it at 5am instead of 5pm. Apple store closes at 9pm. That gives people a smaller window to get to the store for launch day and get one. If they had an abundance and were sure of their supplies, they would do it in the mornings where more people would be in and out of the store all day.

    And for the notion of 5-6pm is typically the time for news stations... news stations never sleep and they also have a man-love for Apple products. If stations are out at 3-4am for Black Friday deals, you know they're out there for an Apple launch, regardless of the time.

    Apple are media sluts, and that works in their favor. I'm curious to see if the switch is flipped for the website to start selling at 5pm (EST/Pacific or what).
  12. nomad01 macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2005
    Birmingham, England
    So... for example, when Tiger was released and they opened the stores at 5 or 6 at night, that was because they were worried about selling out?

    Yeah, right.

    Is that what I said? I said that encouraging larger queues by making it a later release would be more newsworthy.

    Selling from 10 in the morning won't necessarily see such large queues as starting sales at a more "sociable" hour when people are leaving work.

    Now how about you stop putting words in my mouth?

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