First-time Apple product owner - ship vs pickup

foxnews1

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I never own Apple products before due to many popular reasons: lock-down and controlled system, low value (premium price), etc. I did not even think about buying an ipad until last week. I just sold my laptop and ready to buy ipad.

I plan to get 32GB wifi and case. should I have it ship or reserve to be picked up?

if ship, how long would it take from shipping date? 5 to 7 days? I am located in NC.
if reserve to be picked up, can I just walk in the store on April 3 and pick it up without waiting in line?


thanks
 

bowlerman625

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I never own Apple products before due to many popular reasons: lock-down and controlled system, low value (premium price), etc. I did not even think about buying an ipad until last week. I just sold my laptop and ready to buy ipad.

I plan to get 32GB wifi and case. should I have it ship or reserve to be picked up?

if ship, how long would it take from shipping date? 5 to 7 days? I am located in NC.
if reserve to be picked up, can I just walk in the store on April 3 and pick it up without waiting in line?


thanks
I think it's pretty safe to say that for store pickups there will be a line.
 

foxnews1

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can't believe that I just order it. I never Preorder, especially version 1.0.


will the order confirmation email let me know when I will receive the ipad and the case?

any addtional accessories that I should get beside the case. I don't know much about Apple products.
 

mmomega

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Chupa Chupa

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can't believe that I just order it. I never Preorder, especially version 1.0.


will the order confirmation email let me know when I will receive the ipad and the case?

You will receive the iPad on 4/3 & looks like the cases are shipping in mid April. Signature is required for delivery but you can waive signature online after your item ships. A button for this will appear on your Apple order online once shipping occurs.

Apple will email you when your items ship w/ FedEx tracking number but you can also get this info online too.
 

foxnews1

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Don't do it! This will just open the floodgates and talking yourself into replacing EVERYTHING with apple products :p
not sure what you mean?


I could have bought iphone, ipod, etc but never did.
 

foxnews1

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just got an order confirmation email.

IPAD WI-FI 32GB-USA 1 $599.00
Ships: DELIVERS ON 4/3


IPAD CASE-ZML 1 $39.00
Ships: Apr 15
Delivers Apr 20 by Standard Shipping


why the case is shipped so late?
 

dagomike

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You will receive the iPad on 4/3 & looks like the cases are shipping in mid April. Signature is required for delivery but you can waive signature online after your item ships. A button for this will appear on your Apple order online once shipping occurs.

Apple will email you when your items ship w/ FedEx tracking number but you can also get this info online too.
Hopefully this actually works. When I ordered the 5G Nano and Snow Leopard, the waiver didn't show up for me.
 

CoreyMac

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just got an order confirmation email.

IPAD WI-FI 32GB-USA 1 $599.00
Ships: DELIVERS ON 4/3


IPAD CASE-ZML 1 $39.00
Ships: Apr 15
Delivers Apr 20 by Standard Shipping


why the case is shipped so late?
because there was such a high volume of orders already. If you didnt order the case within the first 24 hours you arent getting it til late April.
 

macduke

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not sure what you mean?


I could have bought iphone, ipod, etc but never did.
Yeah, but what he is getting at is that buying your first Apple product will act as a gateway into buying more of them because you will love it so much. The experience is mainly in the software. That is where you will notice the polish and usability over a PC based system. Especially using the iPhone based OS. Everything is slick, polished, and fluid. It generally reacts as you would expect it to. Very intuitive and easy to use with minimal maintenance. Welcome to the wide world of Apple!

I bought an iPhone 8gb in June 2007, a Macbook Pro 15" in March 2008, an iPhone 3g 16gb in July 2008, an iPhone 3GS 32gb in June 2009, and now an iPad 32gb. I haven't decided on getting the next iPhone yet. Depends on the specs as my 3GS is essentially perfection (though better battery and screen would be welcome). Between OS X and iPhone OS, I find that I enjoy iPhone OS more which is why I'm pretty excited about the iPad. Though I generally use OS X for work and school, and iPhone OS for more personal use such as browsing the web and gaming (well and also productivity), so perhaps that is simply a case of positive association.

My next purchase will be either a quad-core iMac or a quad-core 13" Macbook Pro. I haven't decided yet, but obviously if I get the latter I will be waiting awhile for such a machine. Though buying an iPad might make me lean towards a 15" MBP as I won't bring it everywhere with me (to class) like I would with the iPad. So you see where I'm going with this? Once you start its hard to stop. Though I don't always have to have the newest Mac, I usually want the newest iPhone type device because it is so amazing!
 

Bodhi395

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I think it's pretty safe to say that for store pickups there will be a line.
I'm hoping that the reservations eliminate the need to stand in a line. Although I guess there could be a line just of people with reservations, although I'd imagine it would go fairly quick, since theres not cell service to sign up for like with the iphone.
 

mullman

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I plan to get 32GB wifi and case. should I have it ship or reserve to be picked up?
if ship, how long would it take from shipping date? 5 to 7 days?
I am located in NC.
if reserve to be picked up, can I just walk in the store on April 3 and pick it up without waiting in line?
thanks
I have an Apple Store 5 mins from my house, yet decided to ship to my house.

Apple will ship your iPad to arrive on release day 4.3 (most populated areas) and I do not have to spend 1-2+ hours in line.
The Saturday delivery is NO CHARGE.
 

diabolic

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I'm hoping that the reservations eliminate the need to stand in a line.
I read somewhere in the past couple of days that they were averaging 700 reservations per store. There will probably be 2 lines, one for those with reservations and one for those without them.

EDIT: It also looks like they might be running low on stock for launch day store pickup.

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/apple-signals-post-sell-out-ipad-reservations-pre-orders-still-open/
 

AdamA9

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Yeah, but what he is getting at is that buying your first Apple product will act as a gateway into buying more of them because you will love it so much. The experience is mainly in the software. That is where you will notice the polish and usability over a PC based system. Especially using the iPhone based OS. Everything is slick, polished, and fluid. It generally reacts as you would expect it to. Very intuitive and easy to use with minimal maintenance. Welcome to the wide world of Apple!

I bought an iPhone 8gb in June 2007, a Macbook Pro 15" in March 2008, an iPhone 3g 16gb in July 2008, an iPhone 3GS 32gb in June 2009, and now an iPad 32gb. I haven't decided on getting the next iPhone yet. Depends on the specs as my 3GS is essentially perfection (though better battery and screen would be welcome). Between OS X and iPhone OS, I find that I enjoy iPhone OS more which is why I'm pretty excited about the iPad. Though I generally use OS X for work and school, and iPhone OS for more personal use such as browsing the web and gaming (well and also productivity), so perhaps that is simply a case of positive association.

My next purchase will be either a quad-core iMac or a quad-core 13" Macbook Pro. I haven't decided yet, but obviously if I get the latter I will be waiting awhile for such a machine. Though buying an iPad might make me lean towards a 15" MBP as I won't bring it everywhere with me (to class) like I would with the iPad. So you see where I'm going with this? Once you start its hard to stop. Though I don't always have to have the newest Mac, I usually want the newest iPhone type device because it is so amazing!
|Tell me about it - it started with an innocent purchase of an iPhone, and spiralled into an iMac, Time Capsule, MacBook Pro (when released)... Eventually iPad when 2.0 is here :eek:
 

danlovaj

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Yeah another victim here.

Got an iPhone 2G, then 27" imac, then 1TB Time Capsule, AppleTv, Airport Express, Magic Mouse to replace the Mighty Mouse, and now the iPad. Oh and an iPhone for my wife too.

I'm loving it, not missing Windows at all. Fewer software crashes, and most importantly no annoying popup message windows saying an update is needed. The controls are simple, and don't require a lot of digging through multiple layers of windows to find. And the form factor looks very sexy.
 

Bodhi395

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I read somewhere in the past couple of days that they were averaging 700 reservations per store. There will probably be 2 lines, one for those with reservations and one for those without them.

EDIT: It also looks like they might be running low on stock for launch day store pickup.

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/apple-signals-post-sell-out-ipad-reservations-pre-orders-still-open/
Luckily I reserved my ipad a few minutes after reservations became available, so i'm guessing I'm guarunteed an ipad on opening day, but that people reserving between now and April 3 might have to wait until past April 3 to get theirs.


I had a iPhone 3GS reservation and it still took nearly 1.5 hrs AFTER the doors opened @ my local Apple Store.
Uh oh, I hope that doesn't happen for the ipad. Where was the Apple Store you were at? I'm guessing in big cities the lines will be much longer than less populated areas.

Also, I'm still thinking that the iphone wait time is skewed because everyone getting an iphone has to activate it to the ATT service, while the ipad needs no activation at all. Hence, the store should be able to quickly check out the people buying ipads much faster.
 

arcanic

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I had a iPhone 3GS reservation and it still took nearly 1.5 hrs AFTER the doors opened @ my local Apple Store.
The only saving grace is that the iPads will not require an activation process....just grab and go. I purchased my 3GS on launch in uptown CLT and was out of the store with phone in hand about 20ish minutes after doors opened.

Arc
 

Photography

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Since the iPad doesn't require any sort of activation, I'm sure the line for those who reserved online will move quickly for in-store checkout.
 

gwynne

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Could we please get five or ten more posts about how the ipad doesn't require activation? :)
 

danlovaj

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Luckily I reserved my ipad a few minutes after reservations became available, so i'm guessing I'm guarunteed an ipad on opening day, but that people reserving between now and April 3 might have to wait until past April 3 to get theirs.
I did not think that there was priority on those who reserve for pickup. It's not like they have it set aside in your name specifically, but rather they have a separate stack from the non-reserved to use from. If you lollygag and wait til say 2pm, then the reserved supply may be exhausted at the Apple Store, leaving you SOL. At 3pm, the reserved supply (if any remaining) then is opened up for grabs.

I may be wrong, but I have not read anywhere that priority is placed by your reserve time. I believe priority is going to be if you have reserved and your place in line at the store. Thoughts?

Could we please get five or ten more posts about how the ipad doesn't require activation? :)
Oh and by the way, the iPad won't require activation because there is no cellular contract. See I am so smart I can figure this out?!? :)
 

diabolic

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I may be wrong, but I have not read anywhere that priority is placed by your reserve time. I believe priority is going to be if you have reserved and your place in line at the store. Thoughts?
I'm pretty sure they will have everyone's name on a list that matches the number of iPads in their reservation stock. However, I don't think I'd show up at 2:45 that afternoon. I'd still get there early.