Apple officially announced today that the new iPad will be going on sale in Apple’s retail stores and the Apple Online Store this Friday, March 16, at 8:00 a.m. local time in the US, Australia, Canada,France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK, as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Apple notes in its press release that everyone who buys a new iPad at an Apple retail store will be able to take advantage of the free Personal Setup service, should they so wish, which will help them to customize their iPad by setting up email, downloading and installing apps, and so on. In the US, Personal Pickup will also be available, meaning that you can shop and buy your iPad from wherever you are, then collect it at any Apple retail store. This feature is included in the free Apple Store app. In the US, the iPad will also be available to purchase at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart. Here we go!