I want the iPad3!
February 29, 2012 9:25 AM   Subscribe

I've been waiting for the new iPad 3 but I've never bought an Apple product when it first comes out. What is the usual procedure? Can I pre-order online March 7 after the announcement so I get it the day it is released or will I be forced to stand in line the day it comes out? Standing in line may not be possible depending on work...
posted by TrickyLib to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Definitely pre-order online. I did for the 4S and it showed up, like clockwork, on launch day. You can track it's progress directly from the factory in China as well.
posted by Oktober at 9:26 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: thank you for the quick response. This is a reward to myself for various reasons and I can't get it quick enough!
posted by TrickyLib at 9:29 AM on February 29, 2012

Just be prepared for technical difficulties with online ordering, as the strain on the servers is sometimes too much even for Apple to deal with...
posted by naju at 9:38 AM on February 29, 2012

Re: naju's comment, if you have an iPhone (or iTouch) you should download the "Apple Store" app*. I used this to preorder my iPhone 4S and it worked pretty well as far fewer people use that route.

*this is not the same as the "App Store" app that comes with the phone.
posted by Flamingo at 10:01 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

I had a friend who pre-ordered the iPad 1 and it came 2 weeks after it appeared in stores (although you had to line up in stores to get it). This was in Canada though, so not sure if that makes a difference.
posted by dripdripdrop at 10:21 AM on February 29, 2012

re:DDD's comment

yes, yes it does

the US has always been prioritized for shipments over any other territory
posted by Oktober at 10:52 AM on February 29, 2012

Don't assume it will be available for pre-order. The original iPad was; the iPad 2 was not.
posted by Nothlit at 12:01 PM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

When I pre-ordered my iPhone 4, it arrived the day before launch. I'm a fan of pre-ordering, if it's available.
posted by Fleebnork at 1:36 PM on February 29, 2012

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