Apple Stores to open 8am Friday and start doling out new iPads

Apple Stores to open 8am Friday and start doling out new iPads
Apple just distributed an official press release that it will indeed open up shop early on Friday for the new iPad. 

At 8am, those souls who have been sitting in front of an Apple Store since the weekend, braving heat, rain and Samsung actors mockery, will be rewarded with first dibs on the high-res Apple tablet. Reportedly those employees whose turn it is to work the extra hours, will be graced with a 10% wage raise for the troubled times. 

The analysts from Canaccord Genuity are expecting record sales of the new iPad, upping their sales projection for the tablet to 65.6 million this year, and predict even more record-shuttering unit numbers moved for 2013, to the tune of 90 million.

Fairly enough, the analysts view not Google's Android tablets, but rather the upcoming Windows 8 slates as the wild card that can disrupt Apple's tablet dominance.

The new iPad goes on sale 8am Friday in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The second wave is reserved for March 23, and includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

source: AppleReuters & Gamezone

Related phones

iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh

FEATURED VIDEO

55 Comments

2. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Well, I plan on heading over to Bestbuy or Frys and pick up 1 on Friday morning to take it for a test drive. I have never owned or purchased an Apple product so I am curious to check it out.

3. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Their products are really of the highest quality and their customer service especially in the store cant be rivaled, and myself personally own a galaxy s ii and a xoom.. plus an ipod touch :)

6. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Well I cant wait to find out. I have been waiting around for the Acer Iconia A700 but I think I am going to try something different this time around. If I like it, I keep it. If not, it goes back to the store and I continue waiting for the A700 or I will just buy a Transformer Prime.

8. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

its definitely a different user experience... i was a solid android user until this past november when i purchased the ipad 2. i was very impressed even though losing certain functions from android along with customization and SD card file sharing... you can tell apple took great care in creating it. especially how solid the OS is along with the quality of applications... mostly everything around you is integrated with iOS and thats what makes it first class to me. not saying it blows android out of the water... but i found myself not needing all those functions after awhile. i hope you enjoy it... its a great tablet... it swayed me to buy an iphone 4S last month...lol they sync together beautifully...

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

David Attenborough quote: "Sheep naturally tend to flock together in herds,its instinctive and part of their nature,here we see a heard of sheep which have positioned themselves in a q like fashion for days at the door of the apple store,here they will stay till mother nature provides them with the ipad nourishment they will need if they are to survive the coming season"

44. GENRAL.LEVY

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

ANDRO I really like love that!!!

20. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

say all negative thing you want but with record sales, apple is crying all the way to the bank.

30. Wildmanfan

Posts: 238; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Hopefully, after this friday or a week after, phonearena.com will get off the ass of the iPad3 and come back to what really matters: Phones. More specifically, Verizon phones.

38. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

cant wait to at least test drive it... since i am under contract and will not be getting one...

43. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

God you are SUCH an iDiot. How is being under contract preventing you from getting an ipad 2.00000001 (otherwise known as the "new" ipad)?

46. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Maybe he does not want to pay full retail for a 4G iPad or maybe he does not want to break his contract. That would prevent him from getting one no? I mean, why do you have to insult him and act like an a$$ bro?

51. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

You must be new here. I assure you, he is a f***ing idiot.

53. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

shut up droid

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.