I just got off the phone with a very helpful Apple representative who was able to answer all my questions regarding preordering the iPad with store pickup. Q: How can I be sure that you won't give away the iPad that I already preordered to someone else just waiting in the normal line? A: Apple will place the preordered iPads in a separate locked cage and mark them as preorders so they may not be sold to the general public who are just walking in and buying iPads. Your preordered iPad will be guaranteed available for you when you arrive at the store to pick it up. Q: Upon arrival to the Apple Store, what do I do? Will there be a line for preorders? A: No, there will NOT be a line for preorders. What you do when you arrive at the Apple Store is you find any available Apple specialist on the floor and tell them you preordered the new iPad for store pickup. They will be able to retrieve your preordered iPad for you, and you will be on your way. Q: What do I need to bring with me to the Apple Store? A: Be sure to bring a valid photo ID of some sort to prove that it's you, and the credit card you used for payment. Also, be sure to bring a printout of your order, or at least have your order number and Apple ID handy. Q: When should I arrive at the Apple Store to pickup my preordered iPad? A: Be sure to wait until you receive the pickup notification email from Apple indicating that your order is ready for pickup. Do not arrive to the store beforehand, or you may just find yourself waiting around until they are able to process your order. Once again, it's best to wait until you get the email from Apple stating that your iPad is ready for pickup. Q: How long will they hold my preordered iPad for store pickup? A: They will hold it for one week. You can call the Apple customer support number to have this hold time extended up to 60 days.