My iPad 2 Launch Day is coming into its home stretch. I’m home now, with lovely new iPad 2 and some accessory friends – and just have to get it synced and setup to my preferences a little later this evening.
I’ve been to a few big Apple iDevice launches over recent years, and most have been a pretty good experience – or at least as good as they could be when you’re lined up for many hours waiting to fork over tons of money for a shiny new device. I have to say that today has been great, easily my favorite iPad / iDevice launch day. That happy face on Will – the super helpful Apple store staffer who got me checked out with my iPads (one for me, one for a friend) – nicely sums up how good a day it was.
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Just two days to go now until the iPad 2 goes on sale in the US, on Friday March 11th. If you’re looking to buy an iPad 2 this week there are a few places to go and ways to purchase. Here’s a quick rundown of them:
— Apple retail stores: The iPad 2 will go on sale at 5:00PM local time in Apple stores. If you don’t mind the possibility of waiting in lines and you’ve got an Apple store near your home (or work), then they’re generally the best bet in terms of somewhere to go and walk out with the model and version you want on launch day.
They tend to have far more stock available than other retail chains, and a good supply of all the different models and versions – which this year include white and black, WiFi only units or 3G via AT&T or Verizon, and the storage options at 16, 32, and 64GB. Apple stores are also the best prepared and organized for big launch events. They manage lines well, keep people well-informed on how stock is looking, and generally circulate the lines with water / coffee / snacks – at least here in Austin.