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Walmart to jump the gun on iPad sales

Apple announced yesterday that its retail stores would open early at 8am on Friday morning to accommodate the masses that want to purchase a new iPad and missed out on the pre-order opportunities. In addition to the U.S., potential customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will also have their chance to grab the fresh new tablet.
Apple also made its clear that its U.S. retail partners -- Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target -- will also carry the new iPad.
Today, however, Walmart informed us that it would jump the gun on competing stores -- and even Apple stores -- by offering the new iPad at 12:01am on Friday.

"A limited supply of the new iPad will be available at your local 24-hour Walmart," said a Walmart representative in an email to DailyTech. "Other retailers’ doors don’t open until 8 a.m. local time, so you can get to work on time and beat the rush by coming to Walmart."
The company notes that it will have the 16GB Wi-Fi models in both black and white. It doesn't, however, indicate if it will sell the higher-capacity models or models with LTE.
Analysis from Apple's handpicked, "top tier" reviewers has been overwhelmingly positive, but we'll have to wait until the ever-critical consumers get the devices in their hands to see how the tablet crowd feels about the device and its slightly expanded dimensions.

In other iPad news, iFixit has already gotten its hands on the tablet and disassembled it. For those that are into gadget teardowns, head on over to iFixit’s site to seen the new iPad in the buff.

[Source: iFixit]

Sources: Walmart, iFixit

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RE: Great!
By retrospooty on 3/15/2012 6:09:47 PM , Rating: 4
"Why am I being rated down?"

I'll give you the answer... people read this: " i'm camped out outside the apple store to get mine"

And have quickly determined that you are a loser and a douchebag.

LOL... camping out for an iPad.

RE: Great!
By Pirks on 3/15/2012 6:39:53 PM , Rating: 3
LOL... camping out for an iPad
With his kidney in hand

RE: Great!
By kmmatney on 3/15/2012 6:39:59 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... camping out for an iPad.

Yep - what a total idiot, and a waste of time. It's only a few hundred dollars to have someone else wait in line for you. Sheesh...

RE: Great!
By tayb on 3/15/12, Rating: -1
RE: Great!
By retrospooty on 3/16/2012 8:10:28 AM , Rating: 3
"You've determined that he is a loser and a douchebag because he has camping out to buy a product?"

Yes, I have. Its one thing to show up a few mins early to buy something day one, but when you get to the point you are actually camping out, you are a loser and and idiot, along with a no-life buffoon. My god man, get some perspective.

RE: Great!
By Brandon Hill on 3/16/2012 9:41:58 AM , Rating: 2
What about people that camp out for concert tickets or college football/basketball tickets (especially rivalry games)?

I can remember my share of camping out for NC State vs Duke or NC State vs UNC tickets :)

RE: Great!
By Breathless on 3/16/2012 9:58:43 AM , Rating: 2
Thats different

RE: Great!
By retrospooty on 3/16/2012 10:23:19 AM , Rating: 2
For things that sell out, like converts and games its always been a thing that people do to make sure they get tickets... But for a product release to make sure you get it at 8:00am when the store opens as opposed to a bit later is just retarted. Especially with Apple, because Apple is very good with getting product into stores prior to release. FFS, just order one off the internet and wait a day.

RE: Great!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/16/2012 11:25:37 AM , Rating: 2
Unless they plan on only making a few thousand iPad3's, that's not really the same.

There aren't that many people camping out for iPad's this time as apposed to the iPad2 or iPhone 4S. Most people realize, I think/hope, that it's basically an iPad2 with a huge premium fee for higher resolution.

RE: Great!
By myhipsi on 3/16/2012 11:01:16 AM , Rating: 2
That why I pre-ordered mine. It's shipped and will be in my hands on Monday. Screw camping outside some retail store, that's what the internet is for!

RE: Great!
By retrospooty on 3/16/2012 1:54:22 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. That high res screen alone makes me kind of want one. I am a total gadget whore, and impulse buyer, but no computing device regardless of how awesome it is would be worth waiting in line all night just to get it a few mins, hours or even days earlier than I otherwise would have. I cant imagine having enough free time where wasting an entire night would even be an option.

RE: Great!
By TakinYourPoints on 3/16/2012 5:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
I think that's why a lot of people preordered, and consequently the lines are easy today. A friend of mine just walked into a Best Buy this morning and got one with no problem.

This is a huge contrast with the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 launches where there were no online pre-orders (stupid) and the result was obnoxious lines where people would have to wait hours and hours to get one.

Screw that noise. At least they did it right this time by having online preorders with the iPad 3 and iPhone 4S.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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