1. Michael Essany's Avatar


    The masses came out as expected today, as Apple unleashed its third-generation tablet to what most analysts expect to be record-breaking first weekend sales for a new iPad release. And while there were indeed long lines at Apple stores from coast to coast, iPad pandemonium didn't cause many crowd control issues.

    According to Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, the lines observed Friday at Apple's stores around New York City were actually smaller than those observed after the iPad 2 launch. But given the more widespread availability of new Apple products through new retail partnerships and even more Apple stores, the shorter lines deceptively conceal the heightened demand associated with this launch.

    Munster said that the line in Manhattan at Apple's flagship store was "750 deep" at 8 a.m. local time. Last year, with no pre-orders, the line wasn't that much longer (1,190). This year, Munster actually thought the line would be even shorter than 750.

    Published reports, however, have indicated that really long lines were verging on being problematic elsewhere in the world, where supply is more constrained and the number of places to buy a new iPad is dramatically lower. In comparison to the U.S., iPad fever was much more visible today in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK.

    Source: SF Gate
    Image via poughkeepsiejournal
    2012-03-16 06:53 PM
  2. Labertasche's Avatar
    "Das neue iPad", so I guess the picture was taken in Germany, anyone knows in which city?
    2012-03-16 07:30 PM
  3. The6uest's Avatar
    It's in Oberhausen, Germany according to the poughkeepsiejournal link.

    I wonder how the lines are here in non-Apple stores like Walmart and Best Buy. I'm seriously considering going by or calling BB just to see if they have any left after work.
    2012-03-16 07:38 PM
  4. keyztolope's Avatar
    It's in Oberhausen, Germany according to the poughkeepsiejournal link.

    I wonder how the lines are here in non-Apple stores like Walmart and Best Buy. I'm seriously considering going by or calling BB just to see if they have any left after work.
    The best buy near me in St. Louis MO has plenty of iPads left. I went at 7AM and stood in line, i was 4th in line, about 10 more people showed up, they handed tickets out at 8 and I left. I went back at 12 to pick my iPad up and there were literally hundreds of iPads in cages and no line to purchase.
    2012-03-16 07:46 PM
  5. NArush's Avatar
    Does the back of that guys jacket say 'Samsung Security'? That'd be funny :P
    2012-03-16 07:49 PM
  6. rickuk's Avatar
    Walked past the massive Regent Street store in London at 9AM and there was no queue, saw people wandering off the street at 9AM and come out at 9:05 with a new iPad. As reported on other sites there were more Apple staff around than customers
    2012-03-16 08:01 PM
  7. i.Annie's Avatar
    I would guess the iPad 2 sales are going crazy, I don't know if that'll be true though. The price dropped to $399 for new wifi model, and $349 for refurbed, that's pretty darn affordable for an iPad IMO.
    2012-03-16 08:23 PM
  8. NiteStar's Avatar
    The best buy near me in St. Louis MO has plenty of iPads left. I went at 7AM and stood in line, i was 4th in line, about 10 more people showed up, they handed tickets out at 8 and I left. I went back at 12 to pick my iPad up and there were literally hundreds of iPads in cages and no line to purchase.
    I had the same experience at my local BB here in Charlotte. Showed up at 7:30am and was the 7th person in line. Only 2 more showed up after me. I was VERY surprised at that. They said they expected LOTS more.
    2012-03-16 09:41 PM
  9. mustard05's Avatar
    I just left the Best Buy near my house and they have tons available. I did check out the units that were on display. I will say the screen looks awesome, but its not enough for me to upgrade as I already own an I pad 2 that I barely use. Im holding out for a 15 inch Air

    I will add this…If it had Siri, not a assistant, I would most likely of made the purchase. I will wait until the next model is released.
    2012-03-16 09:45 PM
  10. bry2k2's Avatar
    I just left the Best Buy near my house and they have tons available. I did check out the units that were on display. I will say the screen looks awesome, but its not enough for me to upgrade as I already own an I pad 2 that I barely use. Im holding out for a 15 inch Air

    I will add this…If it had Siri, not a assistant, I would most likely of made the purchase. I will wait until the next model is released.
    I was hoping the screen would look better for how high resolution it has, but im quite unimpressed with it, theres not a huge difference between it and the ipad 2, maybe someone screwed up making the screens. all in all, not worth the upgrades, quad core gpu will mostly be used up powering the 4 times the resolution, the left over resources will end up making it seem just like an ipad 2 when running higher res apps that barely look better then an ipad 2.
    2012-03-17 12:44 AM
  11. sziklassy's Avatar
    We went by Wal Mart and arrived at 11:50 just to see if we could get any. Picked up two white (no choice) 16GB wifis ten minutes later. Stopped by best Buy around 10am and picked up two 64GB, one white, one black and returned the 16GB's to Wal Mart. I was pretty underwhelmed with the turnout. I expected having to brave lines, which I have decided to no longer do, which is why we bought the iPad's at WalMart the night before.

    I was hoping the screen would look better for how high resolution it has, but im quite unimpressed with it, theres not a huge difference between it and the ipad 2, maybe someone screwed up making the screens. all in all, not worth the upgrades, quad core gpu will mostly be used up powering the 4 times the resolution, the left over resources will end up making it seem just like an ipad 2 when running higher res apps that barely look better then an ipad 2.
    If you read a lot, its easier on the eye, for sure. Everything else is just icing on the cake. That said, icing is my favorite part of cake anyway.
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    2012-03-17 01:59 AM
  12. ChicagoV's Avatar
    Zero lines in this part of Japan... SoftBank, Wal-Mart equivalents, and even on base had no lines yesterday, and have plenty still in stock. I don't doubt Tokyo had mass interest, though.
    Reminding you all that YOU'RE YOUR
    2012-03-17 04:10 AM
  13. sunhillcopper's Avatar
    Does the security guard / bouncer have "Samsung Security" on the back of his jacket
    2012-03-17 04:33 AM
  14. santacruzlocal's Avatar
    Zero Lines and Plenty left at my Local At&t store
    2012-03-17 05:35 AM
  15. BhadKarma's Avatar
    Does the security guard / bouncer have "Samsung Security" on the back of his jacket
    Zoom in on your iPhone it says "Samson"
    2012-03-17 06:44 AM
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