"The new iPad" to start selling at 8 am Friday

Apple's launch of "The new iPad" (aka the iPad 3) is still scheduled for Friday, March 16th. Today, Apple announced that the new iPad would go on sale in US retail stores (that includes Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) at 8 am Friday. Nine other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK will also begin selling the latest iOS-based tablet at 8 am in their respective time zones.

In addition, the new iPad will go on sale in a number of additional countries one week later on March 23rd. They include 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.

Apple retail stores will of course have the new iPad on sale on Friday but there will also be a number of other places US residents will be able to purchase the new iPad on that day. Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart will all have Apple's newest tablet on sale on Friday. It stands to reason that the new iPad will also be on sale at Verizon and AT&T's retail stores; they are offering 3G/4G data service for the tablet.

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And Apple will make sure the volume is less than what the marketing pre-orders and analysis indicates so that they artificially appear to sell-out again, thus generating more new stories paid for (usually through advertising buys) by their PR/marketing department.

what new in this ipad? nothing no camera flash no same memory 512 , just better resolution and 4 core big deal, my Asus Transformer is even better, ..1GB of ram,HD resolution, Awesome camera 8MP with HD resolution ,,HAMID connector and much more !!!

Gaara sama said,
what new in this ipad? nothing no camera flash no same memory 512 , just better resolution and 4 core big deal, my Asus Transformer is even better, ..1GB of ram,HD resolution, Awesome camera 8MP with HD resolution ,,HAMID connector and much more !!!

What is new? Highest resolution/ppi on the market. 1gig of ram according to today's reports. Ability to record in 1080p and not just 720p. All of those make it new. Things that the previous iPad didn't bring to the market. Don't redefine what the word new means just to suit your trolling.

Gaara sama said,
what new in this ipad? nothing no camera flash no same memory 512 , just better resolution and 4 core big deal, my Asus Transformer is even better, ..1GB of ram,HD resolution, Awesome camera 8MP with HD resolution ,,HAMID connector and much more !!!

I know, right?! No removable battery, no USB ports, no side loading apps, it's too thick! Man, this is going to be a dud. More like iFail, rite?1

I guess it's good to know that you won't be buying one. More for me!

The new iPad is not much of a game changer in Australia over iPad 2 unless they ship a version that supports the locally used 1800mhz LTE band. (When Australia does get 700mhz LTE in a few years we don't even know if will be compatible with equipment for North American 700mhz LTE bands). Yes it has Retina display, but you can't even see the pixels on a standard iPad 2 display unless you look VERY closely. Aside from that, there isn't really much difference.

Sheeple will still buy it like it is Viagra.

I wonder how the Consumer Affairs regulator would respond to advertising it as a "4G" device when it is being sold in a market which doesn't support any of the local 4G networks, even if they put in fine print that it only applies when traveling in North America.

Edited by Simon-, Mar 14 2012, 7:53pm :

Well, I don't know about you, but I can see the single pixels without any problem holding the iPad at a normal distance of about 40cms. To me, that's definately not "very" closely.

Simon- said,

I wonder how the Consumer Affairs regulator would respond to advertising it as a "4G" device when it is being sold in a market which doesn't support any of the local 4G networks, even if they put in fine print that it only applies when traveling in North America.

If they have any sense, nothing. If I take a gasoline powered car to a country that has no gas station making it impossible to fuel up and drive ti there, does the car cease to be gasoline powered?

ILikeTobacco said,

If they have any sense, nothing. If I take a gasoline powered car to a country that has no gas station making it impossible to fuel up and drive ti there, does the car cease to be gasoline powered?


by your own analogy, it would be like selling a car by advertising that it can use a certain type of fuel that is available "around the world" (actual quote from AU site) as a main feature, and even though this particular type of fuel is available in the Country it's being sold in, that fuel is not compatible with this car, and compatible fuel will definitely not be available in the Country for the next 2 years due to regulations, if at all. Then the advertiser puts in the lightly coloured fine print that by "around the world", they really mean not 'around the world, where you are' but really 'only US and Canada'.

You would have to ship your car halfway around the world to use one of it's features advertised to you, and it is OK to mislead, as long as you cover yourself in fine print? Maybe Americans are used to deceptive advertising so you think that it is acceptable, but in Australia we are not used to it or accept it. There also leaves room for confusion from misguided/malicious sales staff (Probably non-Apple, I'm sure Apple would train their staff to be very specific about this limitation to avoid liability) where the consumer does not have access to the fine print before the sale

Simon- said,
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I get what you concern is but would point out you are putting a lot of IF's in there. At this point we don't even know what 4G technology, if any, is going to be sold there. You are also assuming they are going to do this on purpose and try to mislead consumers.

On top of this, you are also stating that the consumers there are not intelligent enough to do be informed on this expensive purchase. As far as I am concerned, this is actually a good thing. Let them get burned so they hopefully learn their lesson. It is not the governments responsibility to insure they are not able to make a stupid decision. Let them get burned. Let them learn the lesson. Maybe then we can live in a society that isn't so freaking misinformed.

Also, if they buy this and then turns out they can't use the 4G, do you not have laws that allow you to return products? Even the USA, who highly favors business rights over individual consumer rights has these laws.

Well, the Portuguese mobile operators and Apple already stated that the European iPad will not be 4G.
If Apple would advertise it as 4G here, it will it fined.

Internally to Apple it is called "iPad (3rd Generation)".
For marketing it is called "new iPad" Notice how "new" is not capitalized. It is not part of the iPad name.
The public will call it "iPad".

For marketing purposes, New = Better. That is the conceived notion.
When you buy a MacBook you don't buy a "new MacBook". You just buy a "MacBook". Internally to Apple, they will call it "MacBook (Spring 2011)".

Lastly, it is just a name people.

UndergroundWire said,
For marketing it is called "new iPad" Notice how "new" is not capitalized. It is not part of the iPad name.

Capitalization does not mean much. It is not named the Ipad.

nohone said,

Capitalization does not mean much. It is not named the Ipad.

iPad is a brand. Before Apple what is the definition of iPad or Ipad or however you want to call it? You see now? What else you got?

Neobond said,
For the US yes, but there are other countries announced today

BTW the name still sucks, why isn't it called iPad 3 ?????

My guess would be to align it with the marketing strategies of its other products. iMacs, Macbook Pros, etc. None of these have a numbering system yet we know they are different generations in many cases don't even have the same form factor. I find myself calling my Xbox 360 simply Xbox. Maybe they did some research and find it better for marketting but who knows.

Neobond said,

BTW the name still sucks, why isn't it called iPad 3 ?????

The name isn't "the new iPad". It's just iPad. This falls in line with the rest of their products.

Neobond said,
For the US yes, but there are other countries announced today

BTW the name still sucks, why isn't it called iPad 3 ?????


I didn't watch much of the press conference but what I did see was the short list of countries they rolled out to immediately and that they'd expand the list of countries in like a week to the ones listed here

Neobond said,
For the US yes, but there are other countries announced today

BTW the name still sucks, why isn't it called iPad 3 ?????


Its called "iPad (3rd generation)" or "iPad (Early 2012)". Not "The new iPad". Why are people calling it that?

Damian said,

Its called "iPad (3rd generation)" or "iPad (Early 2012)". Not "The new iPad". Why are people calling it that?

To differentiate it from the previous iPads. It appeals to the part of people that wants the new and shiny.

Neobond said,
For the US yes, but there are other countries announced today

BTW the name still sucks, why isn't it called iPad 3 ?????

They announced these launch countries during the keynote.

Also, Apple calls it iPad (3rd Generation). Put one in your cart on the Apple site and see for yourself.

Stetson said,

They announced these launch countries during the keynote.

Also, Apple calls it iPad (3rd Generation). Put one in your cart on the Apple site and see for yourself.

Just thought of a better reason to not call it iPad 3. The iPhone 3 was the 3G version of the iPhone. It happened to come about at the same time 3G exploded in the market. You could also call it the iPhone 3G, G being for generation. When the iPhone 4 came out, people thought, 4G, as in LTE technology. Maybe Apple thought it was confused for consumers and might think the iPad3 was 3G technology, so avoided the the naming convention. iPad3 4G? Could cause some confusion. Calling it only iPad3 could confuse someone into thinking it was 3G.

DomZ said,
Not sure how this is news. Wasn't this announced at the actual event?

He has since changed the article to 'correct' this. Basically, Apple is just confirming the stores will be open at 8am.

ILikeTobacco said,

Just thought of a better reason to not call it iPad 3. The iPhone 3 was the 3G version of the iPhone. It happened to come about at the same time 3G exploded in the market. You could also call it the iPhone 3G, G being for generation. When the iPhone 4 came out, people thought, 4G, as in LTE technology. Maybe Apple thought it was confused for consumers and might think the iPad3 was 3G technology, so avoided the the naming convention. iPad3 4G? Could cause some confusion. Calling it only iPad3 could confuse someone into thinking it was 3G.

The iPhone 3G was the second gen iPhone.

Stetson said,

The iPhone 3G was the second gen iPhone.

You are right but doesn't change my over all point. The iPhone 4 was a 3G phone that came out when 4G was the new buzz word. I still know people that are clueless about technology that thought the 4 stood for 4G. Now the iPad 3 comes out with 4G technology. Like I said, just a theory, Apple is trying to avoid that same confusion.