My New iPad – Reserved at My Local Apple Store

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I’ve got my iPad reserved, to pickup at my closest Apple store (about 5 miles away) on the April 3rd launch day.  I’ve been told by an Apple phone sales rep that this can only be done online, not in the physical stores themselves – and that’s how I got it done this morning, via the link mentioned in my earlier post.

There’s a lot of confusion this morning about whether reserving an iPad at a local store this way means you are * guaranteed * to get one on April 3rd or not.  I’ve seen people on Twitter and forums saying they’ve been told it is not guaranteed.

To my mind, the wording of the reservation form, and of the emailed confirmation I received, clearly say this is a definite, not a maybe.  The only qualifier I see to that is that you must show up at your chosen store by 3 p.m. on April 3rd.  So if your local store is going to be crazy on the day, some camping out / lining up may be required.  I can live with that. iPad – come to papa. :)

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You Can Reserve an iPad to Pickup at Local Apple Store – Here’s Where To Go

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Aha.  This is what I am wanting to do – reserve and pickup an iPad at my local Apple store.  I’m not even sure how / why I stumbled across this, but here is where you go to get to it:

http://www.apple.com/retail

It’s a link off the Notify Me page for the iPad.

Right now, unfortunately, it is not fully working – at least for Texas.  It lets me choose the state of Texas, but then will not fill in anything in the drop-down where you should be able to select your desired store location.  If I click the link to go to the store locator page, that works fine and shows me my nearest local store, but will not let me do anything / proceed with it.

I’ve reported this to Apple via their sales line, but so far they are just advising that their servers are slammed and to try again in a couple hours.  I also asked whether you can do this reserving in the physical store nearest you and was told no you cannot, this can be done online only.

Let us know in the comments if you get different results.

UPDATE: This is working fine, just not in my Chrome browser.  I switched over to Safari and got my reservation done.

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iPad Pre-orders Live Now at Apple Store

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Just as expected, iPad pre-ordering has gone live this morning at Apple’s online store.

You can now go to store.apple.com (in the US) and …

— Pre-order any of the WiFi models for delivery April 3rd (or April 5th if your area does not have Saturday delivery available)

— Pre-order any of the WiFi + 3G models for delivery in late April

— Pre-order most of the Apple iPad accessories (with varying delivery dates)

I’ve opted to skip pre-ordering for now, as I still don’t feel good about the Saturday delivery piece of it.  Hoping to find out what’s possible with reserving at a local Apple store later this morning.

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Countdown to iPad – Living GuideBook (Use Case 24)

iPad: Takes you where the red fern grows
iPad: Takes you where the red fern grows

You were going to buy a Kindle, but that geek husband of yours surprised you with an iPad. You love the color pictures and video, but it wasn’t till today’s hike that you really understood the value of his gift. Not only were you able to read about the lake trail, but iPad’s GPS got you right to the trail head. Having downloaded “Living Trail Guide,” then checking the weather and time of sunset, you knew it would be good hike and you’d be back by dark. All this and your husband never had to stop for directions! You couldn’t have done this with a Kindle – he may never let you live it down.

iPad – It’s alive!

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Time to Decide on Which iPad to Order

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Well, tomorrow is when iPad pre-orders start.  So I’ve been staring at the iPad pricing page and trying to work out which model I want to order tomorrow – always assuming pre-order can be done with guaranteed pickup at a local Apple store on April 3rd; if it is home delivery promised on a Saturday I’ll pass on pre-order and go stand at a store for one.

I’m pretty sure now that I’m going to go for the 64GB WiFi model.  I’m sure about the WiFi model, as they’re available on Day 1 and I just won’t wait a few weeks more for the 3G model.

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Countdown to iPad – iPhone 4×4 (Use Case 23)

Yes, you're once, twice, four times an iPhone... and I love you!
Yes, you're once, twice, four times an iPhone... and I love you!

A great many iPhone apps would benefit from the larger screen real estate provided by the iPad. However, there are quite a few apps that are fine in their current format. In one of my many day dreams… I see Apple providing a framework that allows 4 normal-sized iPhone apps to run simultaneously. Not only does this allow us to mashup our favorite apps, but we can cut-and-paste text, images, video and audio in-between apps. Whoa hang on, since it is my day dream… we can drag-and-drop text, images, video and audio in-between apps… there that’s better.

iPad – the ultimate iPhone masher-upper.

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Waterfield Announces a Couple More iPad Cases

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I posted about a month ago on Waterfield’s first iPad case announcements, as their initial two looked quite good to me.

Now Waterfield have announced another couple cases for the iPad, and they’re also looking quite sharp – especially the Smart Case shown above.

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Countdown to iPad – All Shook Up (Use Case 22)

iPad: Love Me Tender
iPad: Love Me Tender
In October 2004, Apple introduced the iPod U2 Special Edition as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. It was the online music industry’s first-of-its-kind “Digital Box Set,” and contained over 400 tracks including all of the band’s albums and over 25 rare and unreleased tracks. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – Medical Imaging (Use Case 21)

iPad: a new way of seeing things
iPad: a new way of seeing things
iCRco introduced their image viewing application, iClarity, for the iPhone at the RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) trade show in 2009. According to iCRco website, “With this app a radiologist can configure an existing Clarity PACS to mirror the archive to his or her iPhone instantly. This allows the radiologist to see the patient list, studies waiting to be read, and can decide whether the patient needs immediate attention.” I believe the iPad will make an even better medical viewer and apparently iCRco agrees. They have added “iPad” to their app store documentation. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – Shop at home (Use Case 20)

Arm chair shopping
Arm chair shopping
The weather outside is frightful, but shopping with iPad so delightful. Curl up with cocoa and iPad in your overstuffed chair and browse your favorite catalogs. Savor a peaceful, unhurried experience while leaving behind crowded stores, traffic jams and parking lots. A touch of a finger is all it takes to compare prices/styles and finish your holiday shopping… without ever leaving the comforts of home. Continue reading

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Looking for iPad Wallpapers? Here’s a Good Spot

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It’s never too early to start looking for good iPad wallpapers right?  I mean hell, that was one of the very first things Steve mentioned about the iPad on the day it was announced – that we can customize our home screen background.  Hurrah.

Anyway, if you’re like me and you’re starting to have some occasional thoughts about walls for your iPad, you might want to give sciphone.net’s iPad Wallpapers site a look.  They already do some great iPhone wallpapers and now have a dedicated site for iPad wallpapers.  The walls are grouped into a broad range of categories – covering areas like animals, nature, architecture, movies and TV, fine art, fantasy, technology, abstract, and lots more.

Check out the site at:

http://ipad-wallpapers.com/

I haven’t chosen a favorite yet, but I’ve got it bookmarked for when I wan to surf to it via the iPad. :)

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