The iPad 2 will be available to order and to buy in Apple retail outlets on Friday March 11th. This is earlier than its expected April launch (to match last year’s release) though not quite the magical ‘Get It Today’ some of us had built our hopes up for.
Two odd things about the release, at least from what we know so far:
— No pre-orders or reservations for pickup at a local Apple store are available. Online ordering on Apple’s page just says you can order starting on March 11th.
— Apple retail stores are set to start selling the iPad 2 at 5:00 PM on March 11. What the …? So no camping out the night before to be well-placed in the line by 7:00AM I guess. It’s going to be much harder to gauge what time you may need to show up at a local store in order to not wait ages once 5 o’clock hits.
Oh, and no mention as yet on whether Best Buy, AT&T, Verizon, and other outlets will have iPad 2 on sale on the 11th.
I hope we may see some updates on this in the next few days. I would especially like to be able to reserve an iPad 2 to pickup at my local Apple store – as I did last year with the original iPad.