Apple announced overnight that the new iPad, will arrive at Apple’s retail stores on Friday 16 March at 8:00 a.m. local time in Australia, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
If you haven’t already ordered online, you’ll have to get up early to buy the new iPad this Friday.
Buying the device directly through an Apple retail store, through one of Apple’s authorized resellers or from carriers Telstra, Optus or Vodafone will be your best option for a launch-day purchase. Apple’s online store has already sold out of pre-order iPads, with new online orders to arrive from two to three weeks.
Every customer who buys a new iPad at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customise 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.
Last year’s release of the iPad 2 arrived at 5 p.m. local time in Apple’s retail stores.
Starting 23 March 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.
The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white from $539 for the 16GB model, $649 for the 32GB model, and $759 for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G will be available from $679 for the 16GB model, $789 for the 32GB model and $899 for the 64GB model.