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In a sign that Apple is rationing supply of the new iPad among third-party resellers, retailer Walmart is only carrying the 16- and 32-gigabyte Wi-Fi models at launch, along with the 64-gigabyte AT&T LTE 4G model.

A person familiar with Apple's inventory provided to Walmart indicated to AppleInsider that the nation's largest retail chain will only have three models available at launch, out of a total of 9 different models offered by Apple.

That means there are six configurations that Walmart will not be offering at launch: the 64-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only model, AT&T 4G LTE models in the 16- and 32-gigabyte capacities, and all capacities of the Verizon LTE 4G version.

The person gave no indication as to the supply of different color models of the new iPad, so presumably the three versions being sold at Walmart are available in both of the available black and white varieties.

Meanwhile, MacMall's retail stores in California and Chicago do have inventory available for Friday's launch. Customers are advised to call ahead and contact their local MacMall store to ensure the new iPad model they want is in stock.

From Apple's online store, orders of the new iPad are still advertised to take up to three weeks to ship. That applies to all models, capacities and colors available.


About 100 customers wait outside the Apple Store on Boston's Boylston Street. Photo via AppleInsider reader Roy.


If last year was any indication, it could take some time for availability of the new iPad to improve. After the launch of the iPad 2 in 2011, Apple's estimated shipping times lengthened to between four and five weeks, and didn't show signs of improvement until about three weeks later, in early April.

Walmart was one of a select number of retail partners with iPad availability at launch on Friday. In fact, its 24-hour stores were among the first to offer the new iPad, as the retail chain began sales at 12:01 a.m. local time.

Joining Walmart and Apple in selling the new iPad on launch day in the U.S. were Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club and Target. In addition, the LTE-enabled models are available for purchase at Verizon and AT&T stores.

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I was at the midnight launch at Walmart and got my Black 32GB Wifi model. I did here the clerk say they did not have any Verizon 4G modes. I got there 2 hours early and was 7th in line. While waiting one guy said he was leaving and was going to get a Kindle instead. How do show up to waiting in line at midnight then change you mind for a Kindle. Have you no shame???
I'm tired, but have mine in hand. Can't wait to get home from work and play. I bet it sure is Snappy.
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A person familiar with Apple's inventory provided to Walmart indicated to AppleInsider that the nation's largest retail chain will only have three models available at launch, out of a total of 9 different models offered by Apple.

Remember they come in 2 colours. There are a total of 18 SKUs for the iPad.

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I went to my Walmart and got my 16GB Black WiFi at midnight too. I got there at 8:00 (first in line...woot woot). The lady said that they only had 20 in stock and they were all black and were an assortment of 16 & 32GB models, all black and either WiFi or AT&T. No verizon, no 64GB, and no white.
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While waiting one guy said he was leaving and was going to get a Kindle instead. How do show up to waiting in line at midnight then change you mind for a Kindle. Have you no shame???
................. I bet it sure is Snappy.


I thought you said it was SLAPPY !

"Doomed, I tell you. The iPad is doomed!"
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Remember they come in 2 colours. There are a total of 18 SKUs for the iPad.

But one hand to rule them all.
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But one hand to rule them all.

Nice.
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