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iPad 2 Launch Friday: When And Where To Get One

The iPad 2 officially goes on sale on Friday. Planning on picking up one up? Here’s a rundown on where you can make that magic happen:

Apple Store Online
If you don’t have to have an iPad on Friday, then your easiest option is to place your order for the tablet online at the Apple Store. Orders will begin online at exactly 12:01am PST (3am EST) on Friday, and will have your iPad on your doorstep more than likely in 2 business days, so Monday (March 14) or Tuesday (March 15).

If you’re looking to purchase your tablet and have it in your hands on Friday, then you have a few options to choose from.

Apple Store
The iPad 2 will go on sale at Apple stores at exactly 5pm on Friday. Like most Apple launches, that means there will more than likely be a substantial line for the device, a line that may start as early as Thursday (or maybe even earlier?).

Third-Party Retailers
In addition to being available at the Apple Store, the iPad 2 is expected to be available on Friday at a number of Apple resellers, as well as Verizon and AT&T stores. Places to consider going:

  • Best Buy
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club

Although it has not been officially announced, these retailers are expected to put the tablet on sale at 5pm along with the Apple Store.

While all of these carriers certainly will have some iPad 2 stock, they are likely not to have as large a supply as the actual Apple Store. Verizon and AT&T stores will also not be carrying the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet, so if you’re interested in that you’ll have to head to one of the other major retailers or Apple.

Stores that sell out of the iPad 2 on Friday may also potentially get more stock in throughout the weekend, so if you miss out Friday night, you may still be in luck come Saturday morning.

Thinking about picking up a 3G version of the tablet? Check out how the Verizon and AT&T data plans compare!

Who’s looking to buy an iPad 2 Friday? Where will you go to get yours?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...