Questions about the iPad 3 launch!

Discussion in 'iPad Launch Meetups' started by Ejilol, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Ejilol macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    I'm wondering how the whole situation is like as this will be my first camp out - pre-order for an apple event. For both pre-orders and for camping out in the past.

    Tips from people that have camped out for previous apple products?

    How quick do pre-orders run out that people go to the stores? And even then, are pre-orders directly from an apple warehouse and not a local apple store?

    Questions, questions, questions!

    Thank you for any responses!
  2. GR33NIE macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    I'd imagine the same as last time, pre-order online available (which will probably crash)

    Personally I wouldn't waste your time standing outside an Apple store for hours on end. Try another retailer. I walked into Comet on iPad2 launch day @ 4.45pm and still got one. Why anyone stands in a queue for days is just beyond me
  3. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    in my experience with all apple product launches in the past few years (iPhones and iPads) there will be two options. On March 7 (or whatever the date ends up being) Apple will announce the iPad 3 launch date and start pre-orders.

    If you pre-order you have one of two options, have the iPad shipped to your house (in which case it should arrive on launch day) or pick up at the store.

    Everyone who pre-ordered and is picking up at the store gets a separate line from those waiting to buy the device on launch day.

    If you don't pre-order, you will need to wait in line outside the apple store and hope that they get enough stock for you to get the iPad you want. If your stores are anything like ours you will want to get there about 12-18 hours before store opens to camp out.

    The pre-order line doesn't tend to start getting people until maybe an hour or two before they open, and afaik, those orders are all guaranteed.

    Another thing to keep in mind, ATT and Verizon stores will likely get stock, at least of 3G/4G? models. Places like Best Buy, Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. may get devices on launch day, or maybe shortly after. Sometimes Radio Shack does their own "release" like a week after Apple launches the product.
  4. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    for the iPad 2 i checked around here in late april early may just for fun and no Targets, Wal-Marts or best buy's showed any in stock. It seems like when supplies are limited at least target and wal-mart get 1 or 2 at a time
  5. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    Nowhere had stock the first week of the iPad 2 launch. :D
  6. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    well yea but I'm talking 6-8 weeks after launch
  7. iPad-Lover macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2010
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    4:45 pm? iPad 2 was released at 5:00 last year, I dought other retailers are aloud to sell a product before it's released, I could be mistaken though but trust me it was 5:00
  8. oli356 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    Don't quite understand how the whole queue thing works if they go on sale at 5pm (like they seemed to last year?) All the other shops would still be open etc and people would just be in the way surely :p

    I'll be at my computer when the keynote is on so hopefully I can preorder one, if I manage to I won't go into town to buy one. If I can't, I'll go into town.. The Apple store (Reading) and the PC World are literally a 30 second walk from each other so not sure which I would go too
  9. nate13 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2004
    Fargo, ND
    I want to make sure that I come away with a win on this one. I have been waiting for the iPad 3 (or iPad 2s, whatever the name may be) for months now. (The iPhone just isn't quite big enough for reading my books.)

    As far as the pre-order is concerned, the best bet would be to simply be on the Apple Store website in 'Shop iPad'. Then, once the pre-order is announced, hit a refresh and the iPad 3 will appear or how is this about to go down?

    This is my first Release as well...
  10. jbimler macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    Hey I'm from up north a bit in Grand Forks. At first I was planning on walking into Sams or Best Buy on launch day to get my iPad 3, but now I'm thinking order online also. If video game releases are any measure of lines in this area I've seen them get pretty big.
  11. pinkertonpunk macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2011
    I heard the iPad 2 didn't ahve pre-orders though. Is that true? I am going to be wanting to get an iPad 3 on launch so I'm hoping for pre-orders but I'm willing to wait in line if needed.
  12. Macdude2010 macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
    The Apple Store
    I Have a question, what time are they opening the doors for in-store sales?
  13. falcora macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2011
    THey haven't announced that yet. I spoke on the phone with the iPad sales department at Apple and they have no idea yet.
  14. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    in the past they open about an hour early (10am) here to start selling the iPads. If you are waiting in line, plan on getting there at least about 12 hours before if you live in a large city.
  15. JUiCEJamie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Last years iPad was a 5pm launch remember?
    But, that caused havoc in my shopping centre!!

    Let's hope it's an early launch this year!
  16. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I just looked at my old posts from in line at the various launches.... LOL! In 2010 on April 3rd (first iPad) they had reserved orders and non-reserved: two lines. That was a morning launch. On April 30th (iPad Wifi &3G) they had no reservations and it was an afternoon launch. On March 11th -- a year ago! -- they had the iPad 2 release, an afternoon launch, no reservations.

    So, yes, this year it might be a morning launch again.....?

    As for getting to the store, it is best to get there at least an hour before, but preferably two or more hours in advance if you really want to get the new iPad. It's fun waiting in line, really.....
  17. hungstart macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    Cordova, TN
    My store has always had 2 lines, one for preorder pickup and those that didn't.

    I got a shipment notification from Apple on my new iPad today.


    Sent from my iPad 2

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