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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 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.

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