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  • Walmart Selling New iPad Tonight at Midnight


    Walmart is beating Apple to its own product launch.

    The retail giant has confirmed that it will begin selling the third-generation tablet tonight at midnight - a full eight hours earlier than Apple will begin selling the device at Apple retail stores around the nation.

    It should be noted, however, that only 24-hour Walmarts are among those carrying the devices. If your local Walmart closes before midnight, the store will NOT be kept open for the launch. As expected, quantities will be extremely limited, though Walmart isn't saying just how limited.

    My calls to Walmart have not confirmed that any other model beside the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the new iPad (black and white) will be available. Scant but unverified reports have suggested that 4G LTE models will not be available at midnight tonight at Walmart. The retailer will, however, also begin selling the 16GB iPad 2 at $399 for the Wi-Fi version.

    As of this writing, Sam's Club - which is owned by Walmart - will not participate in the midnight iPad release.

    So if Walmart doesn't have the model you're looking for in a few more hours, you'll have to wait until 8:00 a.m. local time Friday, when Apple, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target, AT&T, and Verizon will also put the new iPad on sale.

    Source: Walmart
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Walmart Selling New iPad Tonight at Midnight started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Liambakerg's Avatar
      Liambakerg -
      I am currently sat outside Tesco's 24hr waiting to purchase the iPad3 and I seem to be the only one... Yet people have been queuing in London since Sunday?!

      I'm missing something...
    1. ipony's Avatar
      ipony -
      i am holding my new ipad in my hand (im in Australia) the retina display is useless atm, as non on the apps in the app store have ipad retina display support :-(
    1. JMUT's Avatar
      JMUT -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipony View Post
      i am holding my new ipad in my hand (im in Australia) the retina display is useless atm, as non on the apps in the app store have ipad retina display support :-(
      I created an account on this web site just to ask you this question: Doesn't text look a lot better on the new ipad? It would seem that web browsing and reading books would look much better. Updated apps will be awesome but you should get some benefit from day 1 right?
    1. CMartins's Avatar
      CMartins -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipony View Post
      i am holding my new ipad in my hand (im in Australia) the retina display is useless atm, as non on the apps in the app store have ipad retina display support :-(
      I bet my e-books are going to look gorgeous on that thingy.
    1. joliano24's Avatar
      joliano24 -
      Always the first new model of Apple products has somthing inside not working, so even i realy like the new ipad but I learn my lesson,
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipony View Post
      i am holding my new ipad in my hand (im in Australia) the retina display is useless atm, as non on the apps in the app store have ipad retina display support :-(
      Yeah there are a handful of apps that I really want to see updates for soon. I hope at least the native apps look amazing. I'll be getting mine tomorrow at my work...

      Quote Originally Posted by joliano24 View Post
      Always the first new model of Apple products has somthing inside not working, so even i realy like the new ipad but I learn my lesson,
      Yeah but considering Apple's return policy it should not be a problem.
    1. ipony's Avatar
      ipony -
      the text is perfect across all apps in the new ipad, just images, logos, animations etc are still on ipad 2 resolution but i assume that will be all fixed with updates in the near future. Really thought the devs would have had the updates ready by the launch :-/ And there is nothing wrong or faulty with the device who ever mentioned it earlier, just need updates for the apps.

      oh and all the preloaded apps are 100% retina display and look crisp :-)
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Yeah my Walmart is selling them. Although all iPads we've released we only carried like 4-5 and that was it. So that's how limited
    1. fer's Avatar
      fer -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipony View Post
      i am holding my new ipad in my hand (im in Australia) the retina display is useless atm, as non on the apps in the app store have ipad retina display support :-(
      So, 5 pm in Australia on Today march 15, is 2 am eastern USA time same day or 11 pm march 14 in California. My question is: did they launched the new Ipad a day earlier in Australia? please confirm.
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      iPad 2 has been 399 at sams and Walmart for two weeks! Get Em while they're hot!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fer View Post
      So, 5 pm in Australia on Today march 15, is 2 am eastern USA time same day or 11 pm march 14 in California. My question is: did they launched the new Ipad a day earlier in Australia? please confirm.

      No that part of the world is further ahead in the day than we are. Check out time zones.

      It is 10:36 pm March 15th in central time. Right now it is 2:35 pm March 16th in Australia right now.

      So they got their iPad's at max 14 hours ago.
    1. jordanemmet's Avatar
      jordanemmet -
      At my walmart here in Virginia, they had 5 iPads (16gb, wifi) that went on sale right at midnight.. I was the 5th one in line!! Loving the new retina display, cant wait for all the apps to be updated...
    1. okiedokieiguess's Avatar
      okiedokieiguess -
      I just got mine from a Walmart in RI and hardly anyone showed up. They had 5 ipads and the fifth person came and got in line at 11:30pm.
    1. Ghonyx's Avatar
      Ghonyx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Liambakerg View Post
      I am currently sat outside Tesco's 24hr waiting to purchase the iPad3 and I seem to be the only one... Yet people have been queuing in London since Sunday?!

      I'm missing something...
      did they have them?

      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      Yeah there are a handful of apps that I really want to see updates for soon. I hope at least the native apps look amazing. I'll be getting mine tomorrow at my work...



      Yeah but considering Apple's return policy it should not be a problem.
      i never heard anything about a return for screen/light leaks in the ipad2's but i wonder do the new ones have that issue?
    1. brome1030's Avatar
      brome1030 -
      I went to walmart at 1140, waited in a line as the 30th member for about 20 mins. Got up to the counter with three left, and 4 people ahead. then down to 1 with 2 people left. First of the two has his credit card declined......Still hope..... then the next person sits and looks at the register, then back at me, at the price, then back at me.....He then decides he doesn't want an ATT iPad and walks away. I swiped my card at the already que'd register and walked away happy. THANK YOU WALMART AND THAT MAN WHO WALKED AWAY!!!!!!!
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brome1030 View Post
      I went to walmart at 1140, waited in a line as the 30th member for about 20 mins. Got up to the counter with three left, and 4 people ahead. then down to 1 with 2 people left. First of the two has his credit card declined......Still hope..... then the next person sits and looks at the register, then back at me, at the price, then back at me.....He then decides he doesn't want an ATT iPad and walks away. I swiped my card at the already que'd register and walked away happy. THANK YOU WALMART AND THAT MAN WHO WALKED AWAY!!!!!!!
      Lol awesome. A new title for your book "the man who walked away" lol
    1. br8thw8's Avatar
      br8thw8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipony View Post
      i am holding my new ipad in my hand (im in Australia) the retina display is useless atm, as non on the apps in the app store have ipad retina display support :-(
      First off, there will not be a lot of apps that will take advantage of the retina display yet. Why would app developers create apps for a resolution that is not yet released? The product has to come out first, then the apps will follow. What a bonehead!

      I too have my new iPad in my hands right now and the display is remarkable. I placed it side by side to my iPad 2 and depending on which app you're looking at makes a huge difference. And it is snappy. Oh, did I mention that I had one lousy bar on AT&T LTE and still got a download speed of 16Mbps! Can't wait till I find 5 full bars of LTE!