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    IPad 2 UK launch

    Hi everyone,

    I am going to buy the IPad 2 when it comes out next week. Unfortunately I am not able to get to an apple store on the Friday release. I am a bit of a newbie to apple releases so I need a bit of advice. I can either order online at home as soon as it becomes available (does anyone know when this is likely to be! I would guess Friday morning at midnight but I am probably wrong) or go to an apple store early Saturday morning. I asked in the apple store today and the guy I spoke to today said they were expecting 1500 people to queue and that I should arrive 1-2 hours early. If I where to do this I would arrive a little earlier than 2 hours before as he would have been telling everyone 2 hours. I am happy to do this but I am not sure if they would even have any stock if I did get to the front of the queue. I am wondering if they will be receiving stock daily.

    So do you think I am better of ordering online and waiting for it or risking it and going in store (this is my preferred choice if I could get one there as I am eager to get one ASAP)

    P.S to any american who went early the next day to buy an ipad 2 - was there much/any stock available the day after release and were there many people queuing.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

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    a friend of mine ordered online and as far as i understood it takes less than a week for apple store to ship in us although on the site they say 4 to 5 weeks. i don t know uk situation

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameswilby5
    Hi everyone,

    I am going to buy the IPad 2 when it comes out next week. Unfortunately I am not able to get to an apple store on the Friday release. I am a bit of a newbie to apple releases so I need a bit of advice. I can either order online at home as soon as it becomes available (does anyone know when this is likely to be! I would guess Friday morning at midnight but I am probably wrong) or go to an apple store early Saturday morning. I asked in the apple store today and the guy I spoke to today said they were expecting 1500 people to queue and that I should arrive 1-2 hours early. If I where to do this I would arrive a little earlier than 2 hours before as he would have been telling everyone 2 hours. I am happy to do this but I am not sure if they would even have any stock if I did get to the front of the queue. I am wondering if they will be receiving stock daily.

    So do you think I am better of ordering online and waiting for it or risking it and going in store (this is my preferred choice if I could get one there as I am eager to get one ASAP)

    P.S to any american who went early the next day to buy an ipad 2 - was there much/any stock available the day after release and were there many people queuing.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Here is one American's experience. I successfully queues up for a couple of iPhone launches but chose not to do that this time. I did venture out a few hours after launch to a couple of Apple stores as well as two Best Buys, Walmart and two Targets, all big box stores.......all to no avail. I am not aware of any stock that was available for the rest of the weekend. Since then, I have made many phone calls, queued up at the Apple store before opening time and I still don't have one. I am looking for a black 64gb wifi. I could have had one yesterday or today but it was 40 miles away. I ordered on line on 15 March and expect it to arrive in a week or so.

    Bottom line- if I had to do it again I would simply order online from Apple. In the eastern time zone we could have done that 0400 whereas the store launch was 1700.

    Hope this helps.
    Best,
    Charlie
    Mount Laurel, NJ

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    here another american experience:
    http://www.tabletsforu.com/2011/03/1...t-apple-price/

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    thanks for the comments! I am still undecided though. I really want to go on the saturday morning as I am very eager to get an IPad 2! However it is a very big risk as they may not even have any. Especially the way things are in America with stock being so low and the Japan earthquake/tsunami meaning parts are low. I think I will end up playing it safe and ordering online.

    Any other opinions/experiences would be great

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameswilby5
    thanks for the comments! I am still undecided though. I really want to go on the saturday morning as I am very eager to get an IPad 2! However it is a very big risk as they may not even have any. Especially the way things are in America with stock being so low and the Japan earthquake/tsunami meaning parts are low. I think I will end up playing it safe and ordering online.

    Any other opinions/experiences would be great
    Without knowing what stock levels they have on the Friday it's impossible to know but best guess is that they will all be gone on the same day......if new stock arrives the day after then you will be in luck.....it's a gamble!

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    Jim,
    Order online and go to the store on Saturday. If you are lucky at the store, cancel the online order. No harm, no foul.
    Charlie

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    @Gabriel - yer I was gambling on the fact that they would get stock in but am hesitant because of the situation in America and that some countries have had the release date delayed by a month.

    @chazmink - that is a very good plan I might try that. However if I were to buy online it would be a soon as it becomes available which is most likely midnight friday morning. So I am wondering if they would dispatch it Friday. However I am going to be getting 2, one for me and one for my dad. But he is in less of a rush to get one so I could order one online and get one in store. Whichever one arrives first I keep.

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    Latest report from cnet says uk release still on target.
    Apple's iPad 2 launch abroad still on track (update) | Apple - CNET News

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    Thanks for the link Hasty. Good to know everything is on track. It always amazes me how apple products are always understocked on launch. There is always massive queues to get the latest product. Why they can't just make enough.


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