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Both Apple's retail stores and Best Buy outlets experienced limited supply on Saturday for the launch of the iPad, while some Apple Specialist locations received demo units on Friday. Also, videos from Apple stores around the U.S. on the iPad's first day of sales.

With lines of fans camped out at Apple stores across the country for the 9 a.m. sales start, there have been numerous reports that Apple sold out of its initial run of devices soon after it went on sale. A reader in Augusta, Ga., said about 75 people waited in line at the local Apple store, with 15 people who preordered. All models sold out by 9:20 a.m. and the first one to sell out was the $499 16GB model, which took about 5 minutes to clear inventory.

One Specialist told AppleInsider that their stores are expected to receive 20 16GB models, 10 32GB, and 20 of the 64GB capacity. Shipments were expected to arrive mid-day on Saturday. They said if they do receive fewer 32GB models, it's likely because Apple wants more supply for their own stores.

There have also been various reports on supply at Best Buy, ranging from as few as 13 per store and as high as 60 at each location. Some stores reportedly did not receive their devices in time for the 9 a.m. launch, and will make the hardware available later Friday when the shipment arrives.

Apple limited preorders to two per person when it first became available in March. Apple also turned down volume orders for businesses, forecasting that the device would see tight supply at launch.

Finally, customers across the U.S. have captured video from the plethora of lines to buy the iPad, and a sampling follows.

Apple store employees and customers at the iconic location on 5th Avenue in New York City count down to the store opening at 9 a.m.:



Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak explains why he wears a ring around his neck while waiting in line for an iPad at the Santa Clara, Calif., Apple store:



Employees rally with an iPad chant outside a store in Salt Lake City:



Employees tell fans that the iPad launch will be an "amazing day" and Apple will "change the world again" with its new device at the Apple Store in Mall of Millenia in Orlando:

post #2 of 55
this from my iPad ... OMG I love it! But Apple are wrong, it doesn't get passed around, my wife is fighting to use it!
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post #3 of 55
Are we missing some links here? There are link titles, but no links. I want my links! Gimmy my links!
I want to see these lines of people, I want to see Steve the Woz, I want to see... something.

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Are we missing some links here? There are link titles, but no links. I want my links! Gimmy my links!
I want to see these lines of people, I want to see Steve the Woz, I want to see... something.

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OK now I have my links, never mind.
post #5 of 55
ugh doing this from a phone was such a pain

anyways. heres jordan creek in west des moines iowa
post #6 of 55
Ha! Woz is great.

Sent from my Apple //c
post #7 of 55
The Apple Store at the Southdale Mall in Edina, MN claimed to have lots of stock. I got on line not long after they opened at 9, and the line was not exactly around the block but was more than I was honestly expecting. I mean, this is Edina, MN, not Silly Valley, CA.

At any rate, they definitely weren't turning anyone away yet when I finally got through the line at about 10am, and I wasn't hearing any indication of shortage.

(This is not being typed from my iPad yet, but that's 'cos it's still being synced :-) )
post #8 of 55
that georgia store must be tiny if their preorders were so low that the total stock was only about 100 units.

We've got two stores here in LA that will be open tomorrow wonder what the stock will be like.

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post #9 of 55
Positing from iPad in best buy lol


edit: back out in the car now. The best buy here had NOBODY lined up or looking at ipads. they did say they sold out of 16gb early though so either everyone at the apple store is there for 16gb, or they dont know bb has them.

overall i liked the ipad but its not for me.
post #10 of 55
hey does anyone know if the flagship NYC store is sold out?
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this from my iPad ... OMG I love it! But Apple are wrong, it doesn't get passed around, my wife is fighting to use it!

What are the odds that you'll have to buy another one? Apple posted some app videos on their site. I love the multi-device interactive of Scrabble. That is what sci-fi movies have been showing us, most recently with Avatar and flicking the file onto a tablet device for travel and it's now becoming a feasible reality.
http://www.apple.com/ipad/apps-for-ipad/#scrabble

PS: Anyone willing to dish out 99¢ for iStat so we can see how much RAM there is on this puppy?
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/istat...303034517?mt=8
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hey does anyone know if the flagship NYC store is sold out?

Give them a ring.
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post #13 of 55
It's times like this when I like living in a small town. I just got back from Best Buy in Jacksonville, NC with my 16GB iPad.

I arrived around 8:15 and was 5th in line. Only about 13 people ended up showing. A flood in Kentucky caused some shipping delays, but at noon today it was finally in my hands.
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Ha! Woz is great.

Sent from my Apple //c

Woz Rules!

Sent from your Apple //c.. LOL.. ur kidding right?

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PS: Anyone willing to dish out 99¢ for iStat so we can see how much RAM there is on this puppy?

XIP - eXecute In Place, that's what I'm thinking! (XIP means NAND is being used as both RAM and storage). XIP is the FUTURE!!!
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re:"experienced supply on Saturday"

What the hell does that even MEAN?

My store got the media - 2 TV networks- and we weren't the spiffy new hyper-expensive location they just built in across town. Probably because we were closer to downtown I guess for the microwave uplink but if I'd spent time and money making a premiere storefront, only to be snubbed by the local stations on a product launch-day, I'd be annoyed.

The reserve system worked great tho. In and out in 20 minutes, although it was interesting that the "non reserves" also had a pile of goods and they were letting them in at the same time. Which makes sense since the reserves are a known quantity anyway.
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idiots
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this from my iPad ... OMG I love it! But Apple are wrong, it doesn't get passed around, my wife is fighting to use it!


Congratulations, I'm glad you finally received it. Seriously.
post #18 of 55
The store was great, the iPad is beautiful and quick and luscious.

Got the 16 gig with the case. Attended the little workshop afterwards and it was and is a phenomenal experience. The Gardens Mall Apple store was great and had plenty of stock and by noon had just about whittled down their line. We probably had about 100 to 150 people in total and they had plenty of iPads even with people walking out with 2 or 3. I'm syncing everything up now and can't wait to play well into the night!!

Everyone enjoy their new iPad.
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post #19 of 55
...get a time and date stamp from your iPhone? just curious.

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ugh doing this from a phone was such a pain

anyways. heres jordan creek in west des moines iowa
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I decided I would let fate decide if I should buy an iPad or not. I did not set an alarm and was out late last night with friends. I rolled out of bed at nearly 11am ate breakfast, caught up on release news, showered, and dressed. I got to the local Best Buy (5 min drive vs 30 for the closest Apple Store) around 12 or so. They had 4 demo stations with 3 in use. I hopped on and played for a bit. It was nicer than I even expected. One of the demo games I played was a scaled iPhone game which I didn't even realize until I quit the game. I asked what models they had in stock. They had everything but the 64G which they said "sold out throughout the day" I guess implying there was no rush. I wanted a 16 so I went ahead and got it. This doesn't mesh with the stories of high demand; low supply but this is just a single store.
post #21 of 55
Just checked around at 3 of my local (Las Vegas/Summerlin) Best Buys, and they all still have iPads available... No lines Whatsoever.
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post #22 of 55
I want that ring!
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Waiting for the 3G version. Worth the extra and pay as go 3G is just what our family needs.
post #24 of 55
its sunny and nice in staten island world today
and its sunny and nice in apple land also

forget all the BS here these past few days
who cares who hates who
apple just gave us another mega gem





so


go out RIGHT now and buy a ipad !!!!!


some one mentioned sci fi and that put me in a dream right now
when world collide said fay ray to his bride
i'm gonna give you some terrible thrills !!!
a sci fi double feature

yes the ipad look's and feels like those star trek pads we just saw
the future just smashed us right in the kisser

congrads and thanks to steve and all the apple gods who build these great toys
and today this f... ed up world is a little nicer with you dude's around

and wow the woz rocks !!!!

larry niven said that the magic may just return

hmmm


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post #25 of 55
Springfield, Oregon Best Buy:

I was about #15 in line and a manager came out and told us that a shipment was to arrive before 10am when the store opened. He told us not to worry, there would be almost 100 units and there would be enough for everyone in line.

I got a ticket, went in, and picked up a 32GB iPad and Apple case (which had also just arrived) with minimal hassle. They had no other accessories.

I saw several stacks of iPads, easily over 70 of them visible, and took a photo to document the occasion. :P
post #26 of 55
At 11:35 am Best Buy seemed to have an ample supply. No line. I asked for a 32 Gig, and the sales person got on the radio, called inventory and had one brought out. He handed it to me and asked another associate to escort me to the checkout counter. My iPad is still in the box. I'm full of anticipation...
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e handed it to me and asked another associate to escort me to the checkout counter. My iPad is still in the box. I'm full of anticipation...

Glad I didn't have to do a perp-walk when I bought mine.

Mine's still sealed too. I've got too much crap to do today to unwrap it before the eve.
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its sunny and nice in staten island world today
...
and wow the woz rocks !!!!

larry niven said that the magic may just return

hmmm

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brucep, TEACH ME how to write like you!

Larry Niven, in connection with Woz, ring trick you mean? (Ringworld)

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I want that ring!

Dude, it's just a trick. It doesn't actually disobey the laws of physics (watch the knot that forms when he drops it).
post #29 of 55
I went to Best Buy just out of curiosity to see how long the line would be. To my surprise, there was nobody there. The display unit was sitting on the table unused. I found a salesperson and asked if they had any iPads left in 16GB. To my surprise, he told me that they had every model available. I should note that the store had been open for over an hour when this happened. I was very surprised. I picked up a 32GB model, and am looking forward to playing with it!
post #30 of 55
Plenty in stock at the Fair Oaks Mall Apple store in Northern Virginia. I didn't even have to wait to sit down and try the demo model. While I was there (around 2pm) they were selling maybe 1 every 5 minutes.

Maybe everyone is waiting on the 3G model?
post #31 of 55
I went to Best Buy to purchase a 32 gig ipad at around 1 PM EST here in Michigan. There were two Best Buy/Apple reps there with 4 display models. There were a group of about 10 or so folks lined up trying out the displays. Best Buy appeared to have ample supplies available.
post #32 of 55
Close to the center of the world here, a few miles north of Cupertino.

30 person Purchase line at 9:30am, none in the Reservations line.

We bought two 32gB models at 10:30am after a 30 second wait in the Reservations line, and there were dozens of boxes stacked in the store.

I would have sent this message from my iPad but there's no way I can get either away from our 8 year old or the wife. Can confirm that Sync is very fast compared to my first gen iPhone.

They were allowing reservation holders to buy two.
post #33 of 55
Walked into store to test it out, about 10 in line. After 5 minutes of waiting for a free demo unit and then 5 minutes of testing I wet back outside to get in line. It was empty. The only model thy had left was 16GB and they apparently received equal numbers of 200 for each model.

The demo units had many apps installed, including iWork.
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post #34 of 55
After browsing on the iPad for the last couple of hours going back to browsing on my desktop just feels so clumsy and old fashion. I'm totally impressed by the quality of the screen and shocked that the landscape keyboard is actually very usable. Glad I didn't buy the keyboard dock. Most people aren't going to need it.
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...get a time and date stamp from your iPhone? just curious.

oh it was taken on a tp2
post #36 of 55
Now tell me this will happen at the Microsoft stores if(big if)/when the Courier is available. Not!
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Give them a ring.

Is it only me, or have you noticed the absence of trolls---probably all in line trying to get an iPad at the Apple Store or Best Buy--should have pre-ordered
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Originally Posted by FineTunes View Post

Is it only me, or have you noticed the absence of trolls---probably all in line trying to get an iPad at the Apple Store or Best Buy--should have pre-ordered

A few have been tossed, a few have been warned. Makes for a nicer experience, don't it?
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Originally Posted by SinisterJoe View Post

After browsing on the iPad for the last couple of hours going back to browsing on my desktop just feels so clumsy and old fashion. I'm totally impressed by the quality of the screen and shocked that the landscape keyboard is actually very usable. Glad I didn't buy the keyboard dock. Most people aren't going to need it.

My thoughts are the same. I also find the portrait keyboard great for one finger, better than the iPhone. Very fast and responsive. The new positioning on the back key is actually irritating, even though it's more similar to a computer.
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Originally Posted by brucep View Post

its sunny and nice in staten island world today
and its sunny and nice in apple land also

forget all the BS here these past few days
who cares who hates who
apple just gave us another mega gem





so


go out RIGHT now and buy a ipad !!!!!


some one mentioned sci fi and that put me in a dream right now
when world collide said fay ray to his bride
i'm gonna give you some terrible thrills !!!
a sci fi double feature

yes the ipad look's and feels like those star trek pads we just saw
the future just smashed us right in the kisser

congrads and thanks to steve and all the apple gods who build these great toys
and today this f... ed up world is a little nicer with you dude's around

and wow the woz rocks !!!!

larry niven said that the magic may just return

hmmm


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Groovy . . .

Totally with you on that, Bruce.
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