Availability - do you think you will get one at launch?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by aarong50, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. aarong50 macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2009
    With the hype surrounding the Ipad is it likely to find one at launch? Planning to pre-order the Wifi version when it becomes available. I didn't get into the Iphone at launch so I have nothing to compare it too.

    I don't want to pre-order then it ship 45 days after it "launches"
  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I picked up a Mac Mini on "Day One" but there was none of the hype around the Mini that there is around the iPad. I will go to apple.com around launch time and try to submit an order. If it lets me and says estimated shipping within 1-2 weeks I'll submit the order. Otherwise I'll wait for things to die down a bit. I try not to do "pre orders". I have no desire to make Apple a no interest loan with no exact promise date for when I get my stuff, or even if they don't charge my card right away I have no desire to have a large charge simply "show up" when they get around to shipping. I want to know where my money and my stuff is at all times.
  3. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    with 6 models, their will be more than enough. don't fret.
  4. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Apple does not charge your CC until your item ships so when you pre-order you are not giving them an interest-free loan, only getting in line. I always pre-order b/c I prefer virtual lines to real ones -- which cost me time. On stuff like this my experience is that Apple charges the CC the day before it ships and then ships it to arrive on launch day. Pretty good deal unless you like to immerse yourself in the live launch excitement.
  5. iSlate Fanboy macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2010
    I think Apple will have learned from the iPhone launch and have plenty to go around.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm not sure if I'll go to my local apple store or just order it online. I suspect I'll do the latter.

    Partly because I'll be holding out for the 3G model, so when the wifi ones hits the streets, I'll be waiting anyways.
  7. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    like the MBA we will get them by ordering thru apple, it came before the sores even had them
  8. Sketh macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2007
    I'm unsure as well, I plan on paying in cash for my iPad, so logically I will be going to my local apple story, which happens to be located in a mall, so I can't really wait outside of it over night if need be, I can wait outside of the mall, then when they open the doors, I can rush to sit in front of the actual store.

    My other option is to just shove all of my cash into my girlfriends wallet and have her pay with her card, as she wants the good credit history anyway, but then I risk not having one on launch day, which I'd like to have.
  9. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Seeing as how I got an iPhone, iPhone 3G, and 3GS all on launch day, I doubt I will have a problem getting an iPad. :) I'll just wait on line before the store opens :).

    I have to have it. Now would be nice, but alas, I have to wait till launch day :).
  10. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    There will only be 3 models at the initial launch. The 3G models will be a month later.

    I expect the 16GB and 64GB models to sell out the quickest, initially, because the people wowed by the $499 price will grab those and the people who need extra storage will go ahead and jump up to the 64GB. I'm figuring a 32GB is just about right for me, so I think it'll be easy to find, but I probably won't bother trying to find one on launch day. I'll either order online or wait until the stock is a bit more available.

  11. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Maybe so, but it may turn out that the model you were looking for will be out of stock.
  12. aarong50 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2009
    Go to the bank, start a free checking account and get a debit card..

    Seriously, it's 2010 and you want a Ipad but don't have a debit/credit card?!
  13. iWoz macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2009
    East Midlands, U.K
  14. InvalidBassist macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2008
    What does someone think of the chances of some other retailer other than Apple having the iPad available at launch?

    I don't have an Apple Store less than 2 hours away from me and I like to have in hand what I purchase, but I guess if they treat the iPad like they did Snow Leopard a preorder might mean the product on my doorstep on launch day. :D
  15. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon sells it. I really hope they do so I can take advantage of no sales tax plus free 2nd day shipping (Amazon Prime).
  16. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    That's what I am thinking, except I'll suffer through the free standard non-Prime shipping. Unless I get some Apple gift cards between now and then, I suppose. I am also hoping to pay less, by a couple bucks anyways, for the accessories (aside from the tax free-ness).
  17. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
  18. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    I don't know but I think based on the hype for this product and the market now I'd say things are very different from back then.

    Apple products like the iPad have alot more appeal to traditional PC users now, so it won't just be us Macusers clamoring to get one.
  19. RMXO macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2009
    I'm going to pre-order just incase but I will try to get the 64GB Wifi on release day. I'll be in Charlottesville, VA by then & will have to drive to Richmond for the nearest Apple Store I believe. I hope I can get what I want but if they are sold out, its cool. Atleast, I was able to do some grocery shopping while I was in Richmond.
  20. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    Amazon and Walmart are going to carry it. My guess is best buy will too.
    Amazon has a page up and someone on these forums works for walmart and state that they will be carrying them.
  21. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I think they will have them available in lots of places and with lots of inventory.

    No more days of waiting 6-12 hours online for an iPhone original.

    I still haven't decided if I will get one right away, but I seem to be leaning more that way all the time.
  22. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Good thing for me is I would get the 3G version so I have an extra month to see how the reviews are and whether I want to actually but it.
  23. Axegrinder macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2006
    Unlike, say the iPhone or Touch I can't quite see what the 64GB version is for. I know there's plenty of you who will find a use for it but for me personally I wouldn't put my music on it because, well, that's what my Touch is for and I also think it's too big to act as a music player which leaves a lot of room for other things, movies and tv shows being the most likely but then that's what my Apple TV is for! :)

    I think the 16GB version will probably suit me fine. Web browsing, ebooks, pdfs, podcasts, and of course, apps, and possibly the odd movie. Just hope I can get one on launch day.
  24. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Only 3 will be available on opening day. Plus, having 6 models doesn't have anything to do with stock other than it probably makes it more likely one version will get low in stock since they have to carry 3 versions (and 6 later on).
  25. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    no. apple overstocked at launch with the 3gs. they will do the same for the ipad

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