When to show up for Apple Store line?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by louis0nfire, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. louis0nfire macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    So from information I've gathered, Apple isn't taking any pre-orders or reservations. What time do you plan on getting in line? The 5PM "launch" really makes it tough because I'm sure people will be there ALL DAY waiting, from 6AM or earlier. I'm beginning to think my chances might be better online.
  2. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
  3. Mitch2742 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011

    I plan on going around 6:30 PM because I can't make it there any earlier. REALLY worried it's going to sell out, but if that's the case then hopefully I will be able to order it online.
  4. DaGreat01 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    I really dont think you should worry. People are working/in school. Plus it's a $500+ product. This is no summer time must have $200 phone.
  5. Mitch2742 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Actually I might just call in to my internship and go to the Apple store around 3 PM.
  6. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    The only people who'd wait inline when you can order online are the people who don't have a life.

    The 5:00 pm launch is so the people who get detention that day can still make the launch.
  7. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    There is a reason why Apple is not taking any pre-orders or reservations. They realize that with such underwhelming device there aren't going to be any lines otherwise (and Apple does like the hype).
  8. WLS macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2008
    I can't see any long lines for this. With all the people saying they are waiting for the 3rd Gen now, I would not expect demand to exceed supply. Anyway if you go down there and they are out just go home and order one online. They will make more.
    My question is if the Best Buy Apple kiosks will have any. I will have to check next week on that.
  9. Hobbes. macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    Just putting this out there...my opinion n the situation.

    5PM launch because they want to be able to say come back tomorrow when the store closes.

    It won't sell out in 4 hours, but they definitely want to create some sense of, come back later urgency.
  10. nvcplus macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    I am going right now! I am just trying to get that HDMI adapter though. I won't be able to afford an iPad 2 til next year.

    Who is with me!?
  11. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    +1 A faster CPU is nice and maybe the HDMI connection but the cameras, meh. Lighter by 0.2 pounds, meh. Slightly thinner, meh. White, MEH.
  12. brig2221 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2010
    So let me get this straight. Not only are they not allowing online pre-orders, but they won't start selling the iPad until 5PM on the day they release it? Maybe I am reading the thread/OP wrong?

    I would think they would be available for sale first thing when they open up on the 11th???
  13. LFSimon macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2010
    Anything written on Apple site that indicates the time that online sales will start? Is this 5PM as well? Eastern Time?
  14. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No, usually Apple likes 5pm Friday launches. The early AM iPhone & original iPad WiFi launch were the the exception. The iPad 3G did go on sale on a Fri @ 5PM IIRC. Also it's when many early versions of OS X and the iPod went on sale. It creates hype and impressive lines.

    I'm hoping Apple at least allows reservations like last year.
  15. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    If they start at 5:00pm, just show up at 5:15pm or 5:30pm to give the 5 other people who give a rats a$$ time to accept their hyped applause and get their iPads. Otherwise you risk wasting time standing in line for nothing and possibly vomiting from the gratuitous marketing crapola that Apple will be doling out that day.
  16. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I get off work @ 4 and work 15 minutes away from the Apple store on Michigan Ave. I'll get about 4:30 or 4:45.

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