Apple Store will open 8am for pick up or purchase [CONFIRMED]

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  1. jp700p, Mar 11, 2012
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    jp700p macrumors regular

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    I have a friend who is the Director of Security for one of the largest mall operators in the country. He says hes been told to ensure his staff is fully ready for the launch of the iPad on the 16th, but he also said it will be at 8am.

    UPDATE: Confirmed for 8am on Friday
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    http://9to5mac.com/2012/03/13/the-new-ipad-available-friday-march-16th-at-8am/

    EDIT: I had to delete the last line of my post because my friend is afraid that someone might find out he told me about this.
     
  2. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

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    Even if i believe you, he could also be told to prepare for 8am. Since then alot of people are already inline. Did he specific tell anything about the ipad launch?
     
  3. Onimusha370 macrumors 6502a

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    That's really great news!
    I'd much prefer an 8AM launch than the 5PM launch we saw last year.
    It's just a lot nicer queuing up at that time :)
     
  4. jp700p thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats true. I just texted him again and he said that the 8am time is the official time otherwise he wouldn't waste his overtime budget putting his security guys twiddling their thumbs at 8am. He is confident that is the time they will open since his boss told him thats when he needed all his men to report.

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    It won't be 5pm because thats only about 4 hours (Most malls close at 9:30ish in the evening) for pickup orders and purchases. It wouldn't be fair to the in-store pick up people if they didn't get a chance to pick up there item since its been fully paid for.

    My friend is 100% certain 8am is the time.
     
  5. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    Seems legit lmao. But in all seriousness I hope it's 8 because I don't want to wait forever.
     
  6. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    Last year it was 5pm everywhere in the US, and there was no preorder. I'm hoping they do it at store opening this year instead.

    I was VERY happy to get to preorder this time, the same way I did for iPhone 4 -- it was nice to work from home and have a happy ring at the bell at 11am :)

    Last year I had to queue at Best Buy at noon for the 5pm launch - glad to stay home this year!
     
  7. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

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    Good news then! Thanks for sharing:)
     
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    iPad 2 (all models)

    All had 5pm launches. So it's not like Apple wouldn't consider it - whether it seems smart or "fair" or not.
     
  9. jp700p thread starter macrumors regular

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    It was because no store pick up option was available. It was all show up to the store and stand in line. Since we have a store pick up option, Apple probably wants all the store pick up people to have a chance to pick up the iPad.
     
  10. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    I think you and he are reading too much into this. Many shopping malls, including mine, open their doors at 8am, though the shops don't open until 9:30 or 10:00. So 8am is when someone would have to be ready for lots of people entering the mall and lines and stuff. When I bought my iPhone 4, that's exactly how things went down - people were lined up outside the mall, then it hit 8am and the line was guided into the mall and told where to stand. Then we waited an hour for the store to open.
     
  11. slippery-pete macrumors 65816

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    Well said. If the release is at 8am, security would probably need to be there by midnight the night before
     
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  14. fish48223 macrumors newbie

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    I'm a Security Director at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, MI. I was told by Apple this morning that the release is at 8:00 AM.
     
  15. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

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    for germany it seems it will be a 10am launch.
     

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