Join the never-ending queue outside your nearest Apple store, or wait a few weeks? That seems to be the only two choices for anyone desperate to bag a new iPad 2. Or is it?
Apple has now opened the online ordering, but there’s a downside. Orders placed today are showing a 2-3 week delivery time, which could be Apple trying to avoid disappointing people by playing safe (with everyone getting a delivery next week), or a reflection of the fact that the priority has been to get products into shops.
We think it’s the latter, sadly.
But, you don’t have to queue outside an Apple store to get one today – and you might even find it possible to get one over the weekend when the stores themselves are almost certainly going to run out.
Unlike the original iPad, anyone that sold the original iPad is going to be able to sell the iPad 2 – and most are. In fact, the only store that hasn’t shown the iPad 2 as being available today is Argos – but that may change by 5pm so keep an eye out. We’d laugh if you got to order one online, then breeze in to your collection point in a matter of minutes!
If you want a WiFi + 3G model, and don’t mind signing up to a two-year contract, you can go along to one of the network stores where you’ll be able to get an iPad 2 at 5pm, with prices starting at £199 for a 16GB model on a two-year contract.
Or there’s PC World, any John Lewis branch that had the original iPad, Best Buy outlets and selected branches of Carphone Warehouse.
In fact, unless you’re desperate to savour the unique experience that only queuing outside an Apple store can bring, you’re probably better off going anywhere but an Apple store if you want an iPad 2 this weekend.
Update: Three has given us a list of its stores that will have the iPad 2 today:
- London, Oxford Street
- Manchester Trafford Centre
- Sheffield Meadowhall
- Westfield, London
- Newcastle Douglas Way
- Cambridge Grand Arcade
- Liverpool One
- Manchester Arndale
- Glasgow Buchanan St
- Ealing Broadway
- Wood Green, London