Third-gen iPad launches in 10 countries to lengthy lines | iLounge News


Third-gen iPad launches in 10 countries to lengthy lines

Apple has officially launched its third-generation iPad in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK, as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. According to a Reuters report, hundreds were lined up outside stores in Asia and Europe for the launch, many of them from outside the respective countries in which they were purchasing their iPads. AllThingsD reports that a healthy, if not “peak level” line was formed around Apple’s flagship 5th Avenue store this morning, while Cult of Mac cites anecdotal reports suggesting that lines at some large Apple Stores—including those on Regent Street in London and on Boylston Street in Boston—saw their lines quickly dissipate, with plenty of stock remaining for walk-in customers.

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Today, I went over to the Best Buy right near where I work at about 5:30 PM.  Walked in (no line to be seen anywhere), and 10 minutes later walked out with a brand-new Verizon 64 gig WiFi + 4G model.  No having to stand in line.  No having to pre-order and waiting for shipment.  I was actually surprised they still had any in stock.  While talking to the various staff there, they said it has been modest traffic coming in (there were 4 other people that were trying to buy the new iPad at the same time as I was), but the stores farther north (closer in to D.C.) where getting hit hard.  My guess is that tomorrow, the local stores will get hit and stock will end up getting depleted.  There are no Apple stores in this area (the closest one is like 40 miles away up north), so I don’t know how that went in terms of lines and crowds.

Posted by SkiBumMSP on March 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM (CDT)


My local Best Buy received 200 of them. They only got 75 iPad 2s when they first came out. No problems walking right in an buying 64GB with 4G at 1 PM.

Posted by sallenmd on March 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM (CDT)

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