Apple Confirms 8 A.M. iPad Launch This Friday
On Wednesday, Apple confirmed its new third generation iPad will arrive at Apple stores this Friday, March 16th at 8:00 a.m. local time in all "launch countries," which include the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Although Apple can't guarantee delivery times, those who preordered the new iPad (at least during the first day or two of preorders) and selected home delivery will also get the new tablet the day after tomorrow. As of this writing, new orders placed online with Apple are seeing a two to three week shipping estimate.
Of course, if you're looking to avoid the Apple Store - or don't live close to one - the new iPad will also be available this Friday in the United States at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Samís Club, Target and Walmart, although the 8:00 a.m. launch time may not be applicable with those particular retailers.
And in case you're wondering, yes, there are already dedicated Apple loyalists lining up outside a number of Apple retail stores, including Apple's Fifth Ave store in New York City.