The new iPad goes on sale at 8 AM this Friday.
Do you want one?
Here are the best strategies, conventional and unconventional alike, to get your hands on Apple’s newest tablet.
- Apple Store (we suspect they'll have the largest stock)
- Best Buy
- Radio Shack (we suspect the shortest lines here)
- Sam's Club
- AT&T stores (4G LTE models only)
- Verizon stores (4G LTE models only)
It's hardly a sexy approach, but there's comfort in knowing that you're uncomfortable with a large crowd of tech-hungry Apple enthusiasts.
Apple employees have been known to hand out water and snacks at the larger stores while customers tough out the wait. It might not be all that bad.
Historically, Apple has only allowed customers to buy two iPads at a time. Chat up some folks at the front of the line to see who's only buying one, then slip them the money for a second one. Make sure they seem trustworthy, though.
Hit up Apple's online store and tough out the wait. It might take a while to arrive, but at least you can carry out your daily life as usual. As of this writing, shipments will take an estimated two to three weeks.
Go back in time and pre-order online to ensure delivery at your house on Friday. Admittedly, this is the most difficult approach.