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New iPad 8:00 AM Launch On Friday, March 16 Confirmed By Apple [Press Release]

by on March 14th, 2012

We reported yesterday that Apple stores are likely to start selling the new iPad at 8:00 AM on March 16th and now, Apple has just made it official with a press release that the new Retina display iPad will indeed go on sale on Friday at 8:00 am in Canada, United States and 8 other countries which include Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The announcement also details that customers purchasing the new iPad will receive free Personal Setup in stores to get their new device up and running. Below is the full press release:

New iPad Arrives in the US & Nine Additional Countries on Friday

CUPERTINO, California―March 14, 2012―Apple® today announced the new iPad®, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, will arrive at Apple’s retail stores and the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 a.m. local time in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The new iPad features a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G supports ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada, and fast 3G networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.** Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just $399.

Every customer who buys a new iPad at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad before they leave the store. Personal Pickup, available at Apple retail stores in the US and a feature of the free Apple Store® app, lets iPad customers shop and buy from anywhere they are, then pick up their purchase at any Apple retail store. In the US the new iPad will also be available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white starting on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada and fast 3G networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Additionally, the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model. iOS 5.1 and iTunes® 10.6 are currently available as free software updates. iPhoto®, iMovie® 1.3 and GarageBand® 1.2 are now available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store (www.itunes.com/appstore). Keynote® 1.6, Pages® 1.6 and Numbers® 1.6 are available for $9.99 (US) each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers.

Starting March 23 the new iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. 

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  • Peter

    Excellent.  Now, what would be a good time to start lining up???

  • Wuju007

     If the line I was in when I went for the iPhone 4S. I would say 3am in the morning.

  • mrtwister

    I’m thinking of going on launch sales in Calgary. Is there anyone from here? How many people were last time? Is 5am too late to come?

  • MarDir

    if you show up at right at 8AM at the sherway apple store, what are the chances of getting an IPAD.  Will all units immediately sell out?

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  • Peter

    In my experience with lines for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2, if you show up at 8 AM no they won’t be all sold out. However, certain models may have sold out so you won’t get a choice. Also, you would be looking at a wait of many hours. This has happened for each of the launch lineups I’ve been a part of.

  • Vivian

    Anyone n Vancouver here? According to my experience from 4S, overnight would be the safest bet to get my desired model. But then again, I don’t know if iPhone generally sells out faster.
    Anyone planning on lining up at metro or Pacific? I’m kind of scared to go alone and will need a friend. ( My friends all have midterms on the 16 the while mine’s on 15 th…)