iPad 2: When, where, and how can you get it?

Trying to figure out just when, where and how exactly you can get your hands on an iPad 2? Apple announced it yesterday and we're getting a lot of questions about when it ships and in which countries, whether or not you can pre-order it, and what time exactly it goes on sale.

Stick with us after the break and we'll help you sort out when you can get your precious new iPad 2, where it will be on sale, and how you can buy it.

When can you get iPad 2?

When you can get an iPad depends on where you live.

Will there be pre-orders?

No. It doesn't look like there will be any pre-orders for iPad 2. You'll only be able to order online or go buy it at the store on release day.

USA: March 11, 5pm

iPad 2 goes on sale in the US on March 11 at 5pm. That's right, it won't be available when stores open but only at 5pm. There may still be lineups -- since you can't pre-order we're guessing there will be! -- so you may want to get there early, even pull an all-nighter but you won't be able to buy until 5pm on March 11.

International: Starting March 25

iPad 2 goes on sale on March 25 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Apple hasn't said anything about pre-orders or the exact time it will go on sale in those countries but is only providing a "Notify me" form so they can send you details later.

According to what Steve Jobs said during the iPad 2 event other countries -- like the rest of Asia, Africa, etc.! -- will roll out over the course of the year. No dates have been announced yet. Since iPads will work internationally if you really can't wait and don't mind buying it in another country, you can always travel to get one earlier. (Just keep in mind factors like customs/import duties, AppleCare coverage, etc.)

Where and how can you get iPad 2?

You have a few choices to make when it comes to where and how you get your iPad 2.


Apple Online will begin taking orders in the US on March 11, the same day it goes on sale in stores. You won't face the crowds or the lines but you will have to wait a few days for delivery (no way of knowing how long exactly, usually 2-5 days). It's possible other retailers will offer it for order online as well, like Best Buy. We'll keep this list updated so check back often:

In store

Apple Retail Stores and Best Buy in the US will be carrying iPad 2 on launch day. It's possible other retailers will also be carrying it so check back here and we'll keep the list updated:

  • Apple
  • Best Buy
  • Verizon (maybe)

If you go to a store on launch day you will face those crowds and lines but that can be a fun experience and you will get your brand new iPad immediately.


If you're trying to figure out how to sell your old iPad first, we've got you covered there as well.

Are you planning on getting an iPad 2? If so, when and how? Let us know your plan in the comments!

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