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Lines growing outside of Apple Stores for iPad launch (Updated)

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Saturday, April 3, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPad, iPad Accessories


According to reports from iLounge editors and across the web, lines are growing outside Apple retail stores in anticipation of the iPad’s official launch at 9:00 a.m. Our editor at the Walden Galleria store in Buffalo, NY, the crowd is split up into two lines—one for customers with reservations, and one for those without—with the lines roughly equal in size. Notably, the customers in line have been told that the store has plenty of iPads on hand, so many in fact that customers who made reservations are being allowed to upgrade the capacity of their iPads to 64GB if they like, although this moves them out of the reservations line and into the general purchasing pool, and customers can even expand their single iPad reservations to two units. Unsurprisingly, several iPhone developers who are anxious to test their iPad apps on a real device are among the first people in line at the Galleria store, a situation likely similar to that of other stores across the country. A small number of accessories are also being shown, including Apple’s iPad Case, Dock, and VGA Adapter, along with cases from Belkin, Hard Candy, Incase, and Speck. We will continue to update this post as more information comes in; if you’d like to share your line photos and notes with us, please email news (at) and include your name and Apple Store location.

Update x1: The line at the Walden Galleria store has grown by roughly 60 people over the last 45-50 minutes, from 90 to 150 customers.

Update x2: The crowd at the Walden Galleria store was roughly 300 people by the time the store opened; we’ve added pics of the iPad window display and in-store display below.

Update x3: A crowd is beginning to gather outside the South Coast Plaza store in Costa Mesa, CA. Pictures from that location are available below.

Update x4: More photos from the South Coast Plaza store have been added.

The Walden Galleria line at 7:15.

The Walden Galleria line at 8:40.

The iPad window display at the Walden Galleria Apple Store.

The in-store iPad display at the Walden Galleria Apple Store.

The early morning crowd outside the South Coast Plaza Apple Store.

The crowd outside the South Coast Plaza Apple Store, roughly ten minutes before launch.

Inside the South Coast Plaza Apple Store following its opening for the launch.

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I arrived at the Best Buy in Greenville, SC at 8:00 a.m. and was 17th in line. At 9:00 they informed us that the UPS shipment was delayed due to flooding in Kentucky. They will be here no later than 5:00 p.m. At least I’m guaranteed to get one.
They stated they were getting 30 of each size.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on April 3, 2010 at 7:16 AM (PDT)


I was in the Walden Galleria line (quel coincidence!) and what amazed me was how quickly it moved. I didn’t get there until 8:58—and I left the mall at 9:45, iPad in hand.

Posted by Toni on April 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM (PDT)


Do you happen to know if there’s still a good supply of iPads available at the Walden?

Posted by Sunny on May 16, 2010 at 7:46 AM (PDT)

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