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Apple on Friday began accepting orders online for the iPad 2, and the first buyers were told to expect the tablet to ship within two to three weeks [updated].

While initial orders were said to ship in two to three days, that quickly was pushed back to a wait of up to a week. But as of later Friday morning, models of the iPad 2, in all capacities and colors, in both the Wi-Fi model and 3G options from AT&T and Verizon now ship in two to three weeks. Apple began taking orders at 1 a.m. Pacific, 4 a.m. Eastern.

Those who don't want to wait for delivery will have the ability to buy an iPad 2 in person at 5 p.m. local time at all 236 Apple retail stores in the U.S. Retail availability of the iPad 2 has also been greatly expanded for launch versus the first-generation tablet, and buyers will also be able to find the device at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless and Walmart, as well as select Apple Authorized Resellers.

As with last year, purchases of the iPad 2 are limited to two per customer. And if the launch of the first iPad is any indication, customers who hesitate to order could see their purchase ship even later than the current estimates.

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi carries a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G wis $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.



The new iPad 2 is one-third thinner than the first-generation model, just 8.8mm thick, even thinner than the iPhone 4. At just 1.3 pounds, it is lighter than the previous 1.5 pound iPad.

The new iPad also has rear and front facing cameras for recording video, taking photos, and FaceTime video chat. iPad 2 also packs the new A5 dual-core processor, which offers up to 9 times faster graphics processing with the same power consumption as last year's model.

While the iPad 2 is launching in the U.S. only on Friday, it will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced by Apple at a later date.
post #2 of 71
Shipping is 2-3 weeks as of 8:30am. Must be selling them fast
post #3 of 71
My receipt says 3-5 business days..
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I stopped by my local Wal-martian landing zone on my way to work, at about ten 'til eight. There was nobody working in electronics, but I could see iPad boxes behind the counter. There was also a sign on the counter stating that they were going on sale at 5:00 PM.

I found some guy stocking diapers 3 aisles over and asked him whether he could sell me an iPad. He moseyed back to electronics and fumbled through his keys and finally found the one for the cabinet. He asked me which one I wanted. Even invited me behind the counter to choose because he had no clue. They had 4 new ones on hand: 2 Wi-fi and 2 AT&T.

I picked the 32 GB Wi-fi and that's when it all came apart. He tried to scan the UPC. No dice. Tried 3 more times. Same result. He picked up the phone and called the manager on duty. I could only hear one side of the conversation, but I surmise that the other side went something like, "do you know how to read that sign on the counter, moron?"

"Sorry, sir, you can't buy this until 5:00."

So I guess I'm waiting for my online order to ship...
post #5 of 71
At 4am Eastern it was 3-5 days, and by around 6:30am it had slipped to 5-7. My wife's very glad she took the slightly extreme measure of waking up at 4am to order it.
post #6 of 71
waiting in line to get face time does not seem worth it to me. i will continue to 'get by' with my original iPad.
post #7 of 71
I ordered at 4:15am EST and mine says Ships in 3-5 days. Order confirmation says delivery estimated March 18.
post #8 of 71
I ordered them 10 minutes ago and on screen had the exact same thing - 2-3 weeks, however after checkout on my receipt it says 3-5 business days or 5-7 business days. I think it's the website automatically pushing the dates out due to the volume and interest of people adding them to their carts but not purchasing them.
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post #9 of 71
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waiting in line to get face time does not seem worth it to me. i will continue to 'get by' with my original iPad.

I am going to take my chances in line. I'm still hopeful since there are a lot more stores selling them this year. Plus maybe I can pay someone at the head of the line a crisp fiver ($5) to cut in.
post #10 of 71
It seems like that figure of 600,000 might be a bit on the low side.

2-3 weeks now? Apple sold out their whole online stock in a few hours?

And it doesn't seem like it's going to be easy to pick one up retail either, unless somebody is prepared and willing to wait in line for hours.

I wish that the Apple stores nearby me had a webcam outside the stores, so I could see if it's even worth the trip.
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Plus maybe I can pay someone at the head of the line a crisp fiver ($5) to cut in.

This girl waiting outside an Apple store in New York was offered $650 for her spot according to an article posted here earlier. And she was holding out for $700.
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I ordered at 4:15am EST and mine says Ships in 3-5 days. Order confirmation says delivery estimated March 18.

yes it is 3-5 business days. My cousin has March 18th also, he ordered at 4am as well.
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I am going to take my chances in line. I'm still hopeful since there are a lot more stores selling them this year. Plus maybe I can pay someone at the head of the line a crisp fiver ($5) to cut in.

Yeah, but to make it fair you'll need to pay that person, plus every person behind them. That could be a lot of fivers!
post #14 of 71
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yes it is 3-5 business days. My cousin has March 18th also, he ordered at 4am as well.

I guess it's 3-5 business days then. Yeah, I need to read things more carefully.
post #15 of 71
I ordered my iPad2 at 01:10 with engraving and still had a 3-5 day shipping time. Glad I got my order in early.
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I stopped by my local Wal-martian landing zone on my way to work, at about ten 'til eight. There was nobody working in electronics, but I could see iPad boxes behind the counter. There was also a sign on the counter stating that they were going on sale at 5:00 PM.

I found some guy stocking diapers 3 aisles over and asked him whether he could sell me an iPad. He moseyed back to electronics and fumbled through his keys and finally found the one for the cabinet. He asked me which one I wanted. Even invited me behind the counter to choose because he had no clue. They had 4 new ones on hand: 2 Wi-fi and 2 AT&T.

I picked the 32 GB Wi-fi and that's when it all came apart. He tried to scan the UPC. No dice. Tried 3 more times. Same result. He picked up the phone and called the manager on duty. I could only hear one side of the conversation, but I surmise that the other side went something like, "do you know how to read that sign on the counter, moron?"

"Sorry, sir, you can't buy this until 5:00."

So I guess I'm waiting for my online order to ship...

Great story.
post #17 of 71
I suspect stories of production issues were true and they don't have as many as they wanted to have for launch. But didn't want to wait. Hard to find other explanation for shift from previous launches where pre-orders were accepted prior to retail rollout.
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post #18 of 71
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It seems like that figure of 600,000 might be a bit on the low side.

2-3 weeks now? Apple sold out their whole online stock in a few hours?

And it doesn't seem like it's going to be easy to pick one up retail either, unless somebody is prepared and willing to wait in line for hours.

I wish that the Apple stores nearby me had a webcam outside the stores, so I could see if it's even worth the trip.

My advice is, show up just before 5:00 and get in line if there is one. Unlike the iPhone (which requires all the paperwork associated with a phone), selling an iPad should take about 60 seconds. You won't be in line "for hours" unless you line up hours before 5:00. If you don't get one today BFD. Order one online and get it in a couple weeks or call around to other stores.
post #19 of 71
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My advice is, show up just before 5:00 and get in line if there is one. Unlike the iPhone (which requires all the paperwork associated with a phone), selling an iPad should take about 60 seconds. You won't be in line "for hours" unless you line up hours before 5:00. If you don't get one today BFD. Order one online and get it in a couple weeks or call around to other stores.

The Apple stores are going to have these stations where they're going to help customers set up their iPads and even download apps if the customers want. I can imagine that quite a few people are probably going to take advantage of that.

I just hope that these stations are separate from the actual cashiers, because I just want to be in and out as quick as possible. I'll set it up myself when I get home.
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It seems like that figure of 600,000 might be a bit on the low side.

Wait and see whether Apple announce sales figures on Monday or Tuesday. They will only likely do this if they top 1 million.

Everyone was saying the Verizon iPhone would be a huge hit, but instead there has been a deafening silence where sales figures are concerned, and instead reports of lacklustre sales, excuses that most people bought online, and claims that the Verizon network has been easily able to cope with the iPhone. To my mind, all this says is that sales of the iPhone on Verizon were nowhere near expectations.

Will the iPad2 suffer a similar reaction? After all, a lot of people are tightening their belts and choosing to forego spending on such discretionary purchases given uncertain economic times.
post #21 of 71
I had one in my cart around 6 and it had the 5-7 business days. Stupidly, I didn't check out until 9 and it had changed to 2-3 weeks by then.
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Does anyone know if you can use an iPhone to connect an iPad using personal hotspot or vice versa?
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To my mind, all this says is that sales of the iPhone on Verizon were nowhere near expectations.

Those reports were just rumors and speculations though. Nobody knows for sure the exact amount that was sold.

We do know for a fact that it sold more during launch than any other product in Verizon's history.

Verizon Wireless sold more iPhone 4s during its initial launch than any other product in the carrier's history, said Chief Executive Daniel S. Mead.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1GIoSrdPM
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Does anyone know if you can use an iPhone to connect an iPad using personal hotspot or vice versa?

Yes you can. Its just another WiFI network when you turn on Personal Hotspot.
post #25 of 71
I placed my order online at 7:40 Eastern, and my ship time is 5 - 7 days.
post #26 of 71
Christ, I woke up at 3:00am for this. It changed from 3-5 days to one week while it was in my shopping cart. From the looks of it, a lot of people were ordering. But Apple's online store seemed to be responsive, unlike when the iPhone 4 launched, and Apple's servers had to wait on AT&T's servers to approve each buyer...that was disaster. Now I know AT&T is incompetent.

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Those reports were just rumors and speculations though. Nobody knows for sure the exact amount that was sold.

We do know for a fact that it sold more during launch than any other product in Verizon's history.

Verizon Wireless sold more iPhone 4s during its initial launch than any other product in the carrier's history, said Chief Executive Daniel S. Mead.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1GIoSrdPM

No other product has been hyped to the extent that the iPhone has in Verizon's history, either.
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Does anyone know if you can use an iPhone to connect an iPad using personal hotspot or vice versa?

Yes, you can use the personal hotspot feature in your iPhone 4 to connect an iPad via WiFi. But, you cannot reverse the operation. The iPad cannot operate as a personal hotspot at this time.
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Does anyone know if you can use an iPhone to connect an iPad using personal hotspot or vice versa?

depends on your mobile service provider (O2, etc.) but, generally, yes - an iPhone's hotspot will work for an iPad. But vice versa is no - no hotspot function on an iPad to create a wifi field for an iPhone.
post #30 of 71
I just woke up in front of the Apple Store in Palo Alto. There was a Russian girl here offering $300 for anyone willing to wait in line for her. She *needed* 16 iPads. I couldn't help because I'm buying one for myself and one for my girlfriend (there's a limit of 2 per person).

5pm...5pm...5pm...
post #31 of 71
I ordered a 32G wifi only at 0515 Pacific Time, engraved. Ships in 5-7 days. Unfortunately, my red leather cover won't be here until March 31. Maybe this is an "underpromise/overdeliver" strategy. I hope.
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I stopped by my local Wal-martian landing zone on my way to work, at about ten 'til eight. There was nobody working in electronics, but I could see iPad boxes behind the counter. There was also a sign on the counter stating that they were going on sale at 5:00 PM.

I found some guy stocking diapers 3 aisles over and asked him whether he could sell me an iPad. He moseyed back to electronics and fumbled through his keys and finally found the one for the cabinet. He asked me which one I wanted. Even invited me behind the counter to choose because he had no clue. They had 4 new ones on hand: 2 Wi-fi and 2 AT&T.

I picked the 32 GB Wi-fi and that's when it all came apart. He tried to scan the UPC. No dice. Tried 3 more times. Same result. He picked up the phone and called the manager on duty. I could only hear one side of the conversation, but I surmise that the other side went something like, "do you know how to read that sign on the counter, moron?"

"Sorry, sir, you can't buy this until 5:00."

So I guess I'm waiting for my online order to ship...

I applaud you for your humility in posting the story of your moronic-ness...
post #33 of 71
2-3 week?! Jesus! This is why you go to the nearest apple store and a wait in line with the rest of the masses to make sure you get it on launch date.
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I just woke up in front of the Apple Store in Palo Alto. There was a Russian girl here offering $300 for anyone willing to wait in line for her. She *needed* 16 iPads. I couldn't help because I'm buying one for myself and one for my girlfriend (there's a limit of 2 per person).

5pm...5pm...5pm...

So you camped out in front of the store? AWESOME! Live post from a guy in line! Or do you mean you just live across the street?

That Russian girl is gonna need to spend $2400 because she'll need to buy off 8 people at 2 unit per person limit. LOL.
post #35 of 71
Weird - mine said 5-7 days when I got up at 3:00 to place my order. it also said 5-7 days in the confirmation email. Unfortunately, in my fog, I ordered the wrong model, so I ordered another one and canceled the prior one. That one said 2-3 weeks when I purchased; the confirmation email got unusually specific, however: ship date April 1. Not "2-3 weeks" or the usual range of dates.

In any event, since that means delivery is anticipated on April 8, I'm going to see if I can snag one from the local Apple store this evening... then cancel online, letting someone else get their online order a bit sooner, too!
post #36 of 71
For one of two cases ( Green poly) Ordered orange as well but that is a day behind apparently. Ordered two IPAD WIFI 16GB and 32GB Black at 4:00 AM (ridiculous) and shipping was 3 -5 days
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Those reports were just rumors and speculations though. Nobody knows for sure the exact amount that was sold.

We do know for a fact that it sold more during launch than any other product in Verizon's history.

Verizon Wireless sold more iPhone 4s during its initial launch than any other product in the carrier's history, said Chief Executive Daniel S. Mead.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1GIoSrdPM

I also read that Apple stores are selling more Verizon phones than ATT phones. Is it lackluster for Apple to merely double their sales volume in the US? I'm pretty sure everyone is happy. It all depends on how you spin the news...
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So you camped out in front of the store? AWESOME! Live post from a guy in line! Or do you mean you just live across the street?

That Russian girl is gonna need to spend $2400 because she'll need to buy off 8 people at 2 unit per person limit. LOL.

Smarter way to spend that money would have been to offer $50 for 16 people in the line that only wanted to buy one iPad to get a second one for her.
post #39 of 71
Last year, I waited in line for the 3G, day it came out. Good thing too, because it wasn't available again for about a month. I'm going to do that today as well, though the weather isn't nearly as nice. It was supposed to rain in the afternoon here in NYC, but now it will be nice. I plan to get there at 2:00, or perhaps a bit earlier. Whether I get on the line right away depends on how long it is, and how warm it is. Supposed to be in the mid 50's. Oh, our phones are out due to the storm last night. Verizon says they won't get to us until the 21st. Hopefully, it will dry out later anyway. Seems to be widespread.

It was fun last year, and I was number 4. Husband and wife from Germany right behind me, and they were buying one for each. 4 hours later, their plane was taking off, so they were cutting it close.

My daughter's coming in from college next Thursday, so I'd like to have this before that.
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I am going to take my chances in line. I'm still hopeful since there are a lot more stores selling them this year. Plus maybe I can pay someone at the head of the line a crisp fiver ($5) to cut in.


And if you do that then 1) You're a xxxxxxxxxx and 2) You're a prime example of what's wrong with America.

Why should anyone be able to bump other people back in line because they pay more money? Quit thinking you're privileged and wait in line like everyone else. If you get there early enough and put in the time (like everyone else) then it'll pay off in the form of you being at the front of the line. Don't be a xxxxxxx


No name calling!

Mr. melgross - First, douche is not a curse word and doesn't qualify as "language" by any stretch of the imagination. Secondly my "insult" had a qualifier in front of it - "if you do that" - therefore the name-calling was conditional. Maybe I directed my hostility in the wrong direction. I realize you're a little "older"... but I'm a 40 year old man myself and quite sure I know the proper way to conduct myself in "public". I don't appreciate you modifying my post for such nit-picky reasons and found it to be quite unnecessary and overly prudish.
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