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

Jacoblee23

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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.
 

firstapple

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Definitely need to get there now. If you aren't already there you're probably already too late :rolleyes:
 

Jacoblee23

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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
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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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.
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.
 

wbeem

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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.
 

Vorpal279

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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?
 

map1978

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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.
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 ;)
 

GrindedDown

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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.
 

psychonaut

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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.