New iPad acquisition mission accomplished. I’ve got my lovely new iPad and I’m back at home.
As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve visited this site before that’s not me above. That’s Melanie, a very helpful and friendly staff member at my local Apple store. That is my new iPad box though, with my shiny new pal inside it.
I’ve stood in line for the iPad each year since its initial launch in 2010, and always at the Barton Creek Mall here in Austin, Texas. Today’s lining up and buying experience was fast and easy and as comfortable as it could be given that you’re waiting round for several hours.
I had a feeling this year’s lines for the iPad might be even larger than last year, so I aimed to get to the mall by sometime before 3:30AM. In the end I got there right at 3:00AM and was the third person in line. Mall security were extremely friendly and allowed us to line up / lounge around in a well-lit and relatively comfortable area just outside the entrance closest to the Apple store.
We were allowed inside the mall at a little after 7:00AM and soon got a look at the new iPad window displays in the Apple store.
As always at these Apple launch events the company was excellent in the line, and chatting with my line companions made the time go by quickly.
By around 7:45 the line looked to be around 75-100 people long (considerably shorter than last year) and Apple staff walked the line to ask each of us which model we wanted and give us a chit for it.
At 8:00AM on the dot we were escorted into the store and paired with an individual staff member to get our purchases done, and then with a setup tech to walk through personal setup of the new iPad. I got a Black 64GB WiFi + 4G (AT&T) model, and a navy blue leather Apple Smart Cover for it.
As always, all the Apple store staff were friendly, helpful, full of enthusiasm for the new iPad and happy to spend as much time with each person as they wanted.
I took a few minutes to make sure my AT&T data plan was canceled on my iPad 2 and that a new (larger) plan activated successfully on the new iPad. All went smoothly and I was back in my car at 8:35 and walking back into my house before 9:00.
Easy and fast and another very nice iPad launch experience.
For those of you who are getting the new iPad, how has today gone for you? Did you line up / are you in a line now? Or waiting on a pre-order? Let us know in the comments.