Steve Jobs is on the job again, answering customer questions. In this case, confirming that Best Buy outlets will have iPad WiFi + 3G models available on the April 30th release day for them.
If you have local Best Buy this may be good news – though on the original launch day I believe they had very light stocks – around 15 per outlet, 5 of each size (16/32/64GB). So if you’re planning to acquire one at a Best Buy outlet, you may want to get there very early.
It looks lime your local Best Buy store is not going to be the best place to grab an iPad on Launch Day, April 3rd. TUAW has the scoop on the very limited supply of iPads each Best Buy outlet will have:
Planning to skip the Apple Store crowds and sneak over to one of the 670+ Best Buy stores that will be selling the iPad on launch day? Better get there early, as each store will be limited to 15 iPads in stock, and those WiFi-only iPads will be evenly distributed among the three price points.
So they’ll have only 5 of each iPad model. Yikes. I’ve always felt better about going to an Apple store than anywhere else on a big launch day – they always seem to have more stock and to be a lot better organized.
Any of you all planning to try a Best Buy store?
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Yesterday Apple’s COO Tim Cook provided some further information on where the iPad will be available for purchase when it is released. In addition to Apple’s own retail locations, it was announced that the iPad will be available at Best Buy stores. Many sites have also speculated that AT&T outlets may have the device as well.
It’s good to see the range of choices increasing for where to get an iPad on launch day or afterwards. I was originally thinking I’d pre-order one but then I remembered reading some sad stories last year when the iPhone 3GS was released, from folks who had pre-ordered it, been told they’d have it on the launch day, and then got stiffed by one of the delivery companies and had to wait until the following Monday. Now I think I’ll most likely go to a local Apple store, though I also have a Best Buy very close to home.
Where are you planning to purchase the iPad from?