We’re hours away from the release of the new iPad in Canada. It goes on sale at 8am at the Apple Store.
I’m waiting in line at Southgate Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. I’m second in line. As of 10:30pm there are about 15 people here. We’re expecting the line to grow steadily through the night, and really pick up closer to opening.
Make sure to keep checking back as I’ll be posting pictures and videos as I wait for the launch of the new iPad.
In the above picture you can see the Apple employees busy getting the new iPad displays ready.
UPDATE – 11:20PM MST
Here is an interview with the first person in line.
UPDATE – 11:50PM MST
We are now 35 strong in the line. How are other lines across Canada or anywhere where else the new iPad is being released?
Friday, March 16th
UPDATE – 1:00AM MST
CTV is here talking with people in line. Of course they all want to talk to John, who was here since noon yesterday. The line is probably about 40 people deep now.
CItytv was here earlier.
UPDATE – 2:45AM MST
Here’s my interview with the third person in line. Second if you don’t count me. Getting closer to the 8am store opening.
UPDATE – 4:00AM
The new iPads have been put on the Genius Bar for us to gaze upon.
Now the display units are out. So close you can almost see the retina goodness.
UPDATE – 4;30AM
Here is my interview with the fourth person in line at the Apple Store in Southgate.
There are now between 75 – 80 people in line. It’s growing a lot quicker as we near the 8am launch time.
UPDATE – 5:45AM
As always, these last few hours before the launch are always the longest. It really feels as though time is dragging along. The lineup at Southgate has ballooned to probably 100+ easily.
So here is the calm before the new iPad storm that’s about to be unleashed at 8am.
UPDATE – 6:30AM MST
Security is now changing the formation of the line. There are just too many people in line right now. It’s almost out the door, so they’ve had to expand the line further into the mall.
We estimate the line has grown to 200+ easily at Southgate here in Edmonton. Wow did it grow quickly.
UPDATE – 7:25AM MST
Only 30 minutes until the release of the new iPad.
Yes, the magical tickets have been handed out. So close now.
UPDATE – 8:15AM MST
I have my two new iPads. The white one is for me, and the back one is for my after-in-law. The Apple Store was handing out cards to people in line, and halfway through they ran out of 16GB White 4G models. So either they didn’t get that many, or those are the big sellers.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this live blog of the launch of the new iPad. Stay tuned, I’ll have my unboxing video up very soon.
So did you get the iPad you were hoping for? Did you stand in line? Or did you just preorder? Let us know.
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