I have a gift card and have been waiting for the iPad 3 launch rather impatiently. Like many people, I am anticipating a March 7th release, but I was just scheduled for surgery that very day. D: Not to mention I don't know the best way to to buy an Apple product upon launch. It sounds like first come, first served? Presumably certain locations have more units in stock but it is a matter of timing and luck? Since I have a gift card I must go through Apple. With the surgery I'm pretty much screwed that day and some days after (which sucks since it would be a nice thing to have during recovery, eh?) The nearest Apple store will be an hour+ away. Perhaps it makes sense to buy online and wait? If I recall that takes a while. I apologise for not knowing how Apple handles sales when releasing new items, but I'm curious and would like to use the fastest reasonable method of purchase assuming release day is as rumoured. Basically I just want to know what the options really are. If I can only afford or only want one particular configuration am I likely screwed for a while until the rush is over? I never paid attention before, but I'm hoping that is won't be weeks after release to finally get what I am waiting for.