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Apple Store iPad purchasing protocol: unlock, setup available

Based on iLounge’s initial iPad purchases this morning, we can now confirm that the iPad arrives in its box in need of a brief unlocking via iTunes on a PC or Mac. This unlock does not appear to automatically start a sync with the copy of iTunes used to perform the task, and takes only a brief amount of time. When purchasing an iPad at an Apple retail store, customers are being offered the option of having an employee unlock the device; customers may also choose to have the employee go through an entire setup process with them before they leave the store. Notably, these early iPad units are arriving with the latest version of iPhone OS 3.2 installed, as no software update is required.

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I’m ordering one from over in the UK, do you think this will activate ok via my itunes account here?

Posted by Mark on April 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM (CDT)


While it’s impossible to say for sure, it’s worth noting that even when the original iPhone came out on AT&T only back in 2007, it didn’t require a U.S. iTunes Store account to actually activate—only an AT&T subscription (which did require you to be in the U.S., but that was separate from Apple’s requirements).

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 3, 2010 at 11:45 AM (CDT)


The woman I bought mine from said I could unlock it myself at the apple store.  She made a point to say that “I” could unlock it there, not them as suggested in the story above.

Posted by Joe Siegler on April 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM (CDT)

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