How early do you need to be in line to get one from the Apple store?

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  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 6502a

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    I get off work at 6 am Friday morning, and the nearest apple store is about an hour and 45 minutes away. I wouldn't get there till around opening. Do you think that would be too late? I could drive 45 minutes and stand in line at Best Buy, but last year they didn't even have the model that I wanted, so had to settle for a different one.
     
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  3. map1978 macrumors 68020

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    No it's not too late

    You'll have to wait a few hours, but you'll get one.

    Don't worry
     
  4. Adgeman macrumors member

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    Idiots are already lined up outside the Regent St store in London.
     
  5. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I work two jobs and go to college full time. I can't :(
     
  6. Markiie macrumors 6502

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    not needed....

    back to op....

    i think the line might be pretty deep. if your looking to getting a 4G model then best bet is to go to a AT&T or Verizon store.
     
  7. firstapple macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely need to get there now. If you aren't already there you're probably already too late :rolleyes:
     
  8. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I waited in line for hours at Best Buy last year, and I just barely got one. I don't have any guarantee that I would get one if I got it from Best Buy. Last year they got way less than they expected.

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    Considering a 4g model, but every Verizon store that I have called, has said they don't know if they will have any in-store or not, but will start taking orders on that day.
     
  9. wbeem macrumors member

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    Nobody knows the answer to this question because they don't know how many iPads will be available at the store you choose.
     
  10. Vorpal279 macrumors member

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    I'd give it a try anyway.

    Correct me if I'm wrong...If they run out of a particular model, the staff comes out and announces it to the crowd waiting, right?
     
  11. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Obviously you have some twisted priorities...;)
     
  12. map1978 macrumors 68020

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    Well apple stores will have 10x the stock best buy would ever get

    For almost 5 years of iOS device launches, the apple store by me and where I used to live had stock for the 3 day weekend.

    Just get to the apple store after work, but be prepared to wait for hours. They take usually 1 or 2 walk ins per 5 to 8 reservations.

    As an ex apple store employee, I know what I'm talking about ;)
     
  13. troop231 macrumors 603

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    How are they twisted? Everyone has their own beliefs on what their priorities are; I hope you get your iPad OP! :)
     
  14. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    You completely missed the joke.....:rolleyes:
     
  15. GrindedDown macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah seriously. Drop out of college, quit your jobs, and go into debt to buy this new iPad......

    Seriously though, yeah opening time will almost certainly be too late. I have long history of camping out for the newest gadget (ps2, ps3, iPhone 4, xbox) you name it) mostly because I really enjoy the experience. I will never pre-order. Having said that, I generally go about 12 hours ahead of time and showing up when they open is 99.5% of the time going to be a waste of time. Heck even the people who show up only two, three, or four hours ahead of time never make the cut.

    Your honestly better off going on a day after launch where you can afford to be there by 4am and just exchanging what you have.
     
  16. psychonaut macrumors 6502a

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    Last year I arrived at my local Apple store 3 1/2 hours before the 5pm sale time and I was the last person to get a 64g wifi only black iPad, the guy behind me got the last white one. All 3G models went fast. I think depending on how large a city you are in plan on going at least 4 hours ahead to get an LTE model if that's what you want.

    Hope this helps.
     

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