iPad When do iPad preorders typically start?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by DaGrandMastah, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. DaGrandMastah macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2011
    I forget how they used to do it. Is it the same as what the iphone used to be and they'll allow for preorders on the Friday after the announcement?
  2. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    Yeah, if they allow preorders it will be on Friday the 25th at 12 AM Pacific time. If you're on the east coast of the US it will be at 3 AM Eastern time.
  3. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    Gotta love 3am! Did it for my iPhone will be repeating for an iPad!
  4. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    There is no guarantee of that and if the 5S is anything to go by they may just open orders on the day of release rather then offering preorders before hand especially if there is shortage like the rumours regarding the new iPad Mini suggest.
  5. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    Yeah, I know it's not a guarantee, but if Apple does allow preorders it will most likely be 3 days after the announcement.
  6. jhansla85 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2013
    Is this the same for places like Best Buy. I have $200 in BBY gift cards that I wanna use on a new ipad
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Typically they start whenever the heck Apple feels like starting them.

    In the past few years we've seen preordering start

    1) a few minutes after the special event/keynote ended
    2) the friday after the keynote
    3) not at all

    and as far as time we've seen them start

    1) in the middle of the afternoon
    2) at 12am Pacific
    3) at 8am Eastern

    However, we will know when/if preordering for the new iPads will happen tomorrow so don't sweat it.
  8. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    It is possible Apple won't allow preorders, at least on the iPad Mini.
    The 25th or November 1st would be good candidates for the official launch in the first wave countries.
  9. Benito macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    I hope they allow preorders. I'd like to order both a new iPad mini and 5.
  10. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    What device preordered a few minutes after the keynote ended?
  11. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I don't know about minutes, but hours. Same day, the Retina IPad.
  12. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    What did they say about preorders in the keynote?
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I think for the last few iDevice releases, it's been pretty consistently Friday after the keynote at midnight Pacific. Or not at all. The weird times like afternoon and early morning hasn't happened in a while.

    But you are right that the details will be announced tomorrow, and we should just follow the keynote to find out.
  14. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Perhaps. Or they might start them right away. Or not do preorders.

    Or even, I rather hope, require all orders to be by online order. Do it a bit like how they do in China. You go online, register what you what to get and from what store. Then as stock comes in, random folks get a notice they can complete their order. Behind the scenes there can be monitors looking for clues of resellers trying to game the system and shutting them down.

    And yes I am suggesting it start from day one and zero walkins ever. Well not for say the first month. Perhaps by the time we hit Black Friday they could open it up to simply walking in.


    Shortages would be a reason to have preorders etc. If it's just day of then most stock will be at the stores which means the resellers jerks will have an easier time of doing their game
  15. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Feel free to go watch it. Its probably on youtube if not Apple's press site.
  16. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    I had googled but that hadn't occured to me. I'm off to dinner then I'll skim through it.
  17. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Macs are usually up for ordering following a keynote.

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