Availability - or sellout on first day

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    The iPad 2 will be my first Apple product purchase. I understand they will only be sold in the Apple stores at first (vs. BestBuy or Walmart).

    My question is... When Apple releases a new product are they sold out on day one or is it reasonable to expect that stores will have ample supplies in different configurations. I'm looking for BLACK and in the 16 gb which is probably the lowest priced and best selling unit.

    I plan to go to the store on the first day, but won't get there until afternoon -
    likely to be sold out by then or not a problem?

    Someone who knows how these deals work please advise.
    I'm in the Atlanta area if it makes a differenece and I think there are at least 3 Apple Stores here.

    Thanks
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    I'm not sure how they're approaching the selling part, but if you can order online I'd go for it that way...The LINES SUCK!!!! I waited in line for the iPhone 4 and it was a huge painful ordeal...My niece on the other hand ordered on line and got hers shipped out the day before...But if you like people watching, the line is the place to be...LOL
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    Order on line that is a easier way at Apple.com
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    apple website states that they will be available in stores after 5 pm
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    They allowed people to pre-order the iPhone 4 but they won't for the iPad 2 so, if you want to get it on launch day you'll need to go to the store.
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    Apple builds iPads built to order that means you place order it may ship from china. Takes about 4 to 6 days
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    Regardless, I'm getting some popcorn and soda and sitting back to watch this show. When's the Ipad 3 coming out?
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    My guest would be march/april 2012.

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    I'm wondering the same thing. Hoping to get some replies from people who have done it in the past (ie. Iphone 4 AT&T release). The Iphone 4 was available by pre-order online, but they also had a release in the Apple stores. I assume those lines would be a bit longer than the Ipad 2 lines. I'm just trying to judge how early to get there on 3/11. They say they'll be available at 5pm. Our Apple store is in a mall, so you can't get there before the mall opens, but will people be waiting in line outside the mall when it opens? Do you think it will be that popular? I can't imagine, but a line at noon seems likely. But I have no idea, never been to an Apple in-store release.
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    And contrary to rumors (even as late as yesterday morning) the Ipad 3 will obviously not be out this year. Saw multiple articles of some "Apple employee" that said the Ipad 3 is really the one to wait for. But, with 2011 being the "year of the Ipad 2" it's not going to be this year like those reports speculated. Some were saying Sept. of this year. Like was said above, seems likely to be at least a year from now.
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    Will set my alarm to get my order in early online and then go back to my beauty sleep. (Need to work on the beauty a bit more)
    Easiest way to get near to the front of the queue......
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    Any iPad 2s ordered by early next week will get to you on time. Wal-mart and Best Buy will have them, but in limited quantities. It looks like there will be a lot of buyers. A reseller of electronic gear bought only 1200 earlier models of iPhones from people wanting the iPhone 4. He already has 2000 iPads from people going to upgrade.
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    I ordered my 3GS online when it came out. I ordered it about 1 week after it came out
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    Ill order mine online after all the hoopla calms down I ordered my 3GS online when it came out. I ordered it about 1 week after it came out I got it within 6 days. I'm upgrading to the iPhone 5 whenever it comes out.
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    I'm gonna brave the lines. I'd really like to have mine on Friday, 3/11. If they are sold out at the store, then, and only then, i'll go ahead and order online. I don't want to have to wait any longer. I've already been waiting since about December. In Dec, I decided I wanted one, but decided to wait until the iPad 2 was realeased...so i've waited long enough.
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    When will it be avalible online (what time) pacific time?
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    5pm local time
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    Im braving the lines and treating the ordeal like a Black Friday event. My wife is ordering hers on line as soon as they become available. She can wait but Im impatient and wants things ASAP.
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    I gotta admit, I like the look but there's just not enough change to put me back in the buy it section. I mean the os update is great. But to have a phone better than a huge iPod is a little upsetting. I've been hooked on all apple products but I think I'll wait for the iPad 3. I got the first gen, all iPhone gens MacBooks and stuff. But the bother for me is not much change. Faster is definitely great but just adding cameras doesnt work for me. I already don't use the camera on my MacBook that much and to hold up a big pad is even more clunky. I'm still looking to find the reason to upgrade but at the moment to at the least not improve for retina display is a really cheap missing upgrade bummer. Riding the fence here folks... Any real pros? Really want to justify the purchase. Help

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