Daily Tip: When, where, and how can you get an iPad 2?

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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Daily Tip: When, where, and how can you get an iPad 2?


I plan on getting my iPad 2 on Friday at my local apple store ... I just hope lines are not that bad ... We'll see

From what I read they said they made $6 million of them, so hopefull we all will be lucky in some way. =)

I will be getting mine either at apple or best buy, I dont care about the line situation, I just hope they dont sell out quickly, I want to walk out with mine the same day.

ill stop by after work at bestbuy to see if there are any, if not ill just order one. I got apple epp so 489 for wifi 16 gb but id rather get it in person that day :D

Your Epp works at retail Apple stores. Just bring in a business card so they can verify that you are an employee at a participating company. Done it a dozen times.

I have to work late that day. I'm gonna see if I can manage to get by the Apple store. If not I'll order online. I want the white 32 gig with the pink smart cover. Now I need to decide between the at&t 3G model or wifi only model. sighs

Seriously? Recommending people camp out overnight? Get a life people. It's a cool gadget, but it's just a gadget. It'll be there later that day or a few days later. Priorities!

Some people hold the value of an experience over the actual possession. This is why people camp out for concert tickets, celebrity autograph signings, game console releases...etc. It's more than just wasting time waiting for a purchase. It's spending time and meeting others that share a common interest in new devices and products. You meet friends and maybe even future family (bring a tent).
That being said, I'm ordering my online.

Yeah, nothing like the "experience" of standing in one place for hours on end, and wasting a day of your life that you can never get back, when you could have spent 30 minutes to achieve the same result later that day or in the next couple, and spent time with your family/kids/etc.
Concert tickets I can maybe understand (when I was a teenager, maybe). They're are only so many, and if you don't get one, you don't get to see the show (at least not in that city), and it may be months/years before the artist comes back to that venue. But a gadget that will be there later that day, or in the next few? Just amazes me how people have seriously "lost the plot" in life. Probably that same type of people that would pay $40,000 for Justin Bieber's hair (still shaking my head over that one). Fanaticism is starting to turn into plain idiocy...
Let's be honest. No one is going to stand up at the funeral for one of these people and during the eulogy talk about how "It's a shame 'so-and-so' died, but remember the time he waited in line for 24 hours to get that iPad 2 the day before I got it in about 10 minutes?? Wasn't he so AWESOME/COOL for that?! Gosh, we'll really miss his 'standing in line' ability. No one could stand in line and waste a day of his life like he could. {SNIFF}"
That being said, I'm right there with you Dood, except I'm taking it one step further. I'll wait a week or so, so I can wait for all the bugs to be brought to light (oh, sorry, Apple never has bugs. Please don't flame me for that, zealots!), and then decide if they are things I can deal with in a $600 device. Then, if so, order it online and have it delivered to me.

I called Apple yesterday to ask these questions too. I was really disappointed that the iPad 2 release/shipping process didn't mirror the iPhone 4. It makes no sense to me as to why we can't pre-order and get ours delivered by FedEx on March 11. By waiting until then to place the order online punishes online customers!!!
This really sucks Apple!

Does anybody know if online orders will start at 5pm, or can I order online on the 11th earlier than 5pm?
I do not mind waiting an couple of days as long as I can order on the morning of the 11th and ensure that I secured one to be sent to me.

I have to admit, I am bummed you can't pre-order online for delivery the 11th. Will probably still go online at midnight the 11th and order one, not too interested in waiting around stores or hunting for one on launch day.

Hopefully Apple will ship it next day UPS. I'd prefer to NOT get my iPad from my Walmart, but if Target happens to be selling them, well..

Nope, UPS does not deliver on Saturdays, or Sundays, so even if you opt for overnight, you will get it on Monday, the 14th at the earliest!
This is pretty genius on the part of Apple's marketing team. Have people stand around in front of Apple stores all day long? And unleash the Apple crowd on its long lines of customers at 5pm, or as is the case here in the U.S., right when the local news start on almost all channels? To top it off, disallowing pre-orders online, so as to ensure that there will be plenty of those lines!???

I will sit in line like always with tons of Apple fans. The last IPad release had about 10 people in line around 3pm, 60+ by 5pm. I don't expect a massive amount of people because of the lack of major improvements. Will be in Besthesda, MD Apple store at 2:30 or 3pm just in case

I am debating between Apple in Bethesda, or the one at Montgomery Mall and will probably decide based on the weather that day :)! Do you think that 2:30 or 3pm is really early enough? I am new to this launch day line-up frenzy but am super excited and was willing to start waiting at 6 am!!

Dang that's disappointing about the pre order option or even the time they are gonna start selling them. I start work at 430 pm. Hopefully a few models are left for the next day

I learned my lesson from my experience of preordering the iPhone 4, picking it up at the store and it taking foreverrrr. I'll order online and wait for it to be delivered.

I have contacted my local Best Buy and Apple store and they both seem to have been caught off guard by the way this is rolling out. They were both optimistic about having the invetory to be able to get one, but had no plan about how they were going to hand them out.

I find it funny that Kevin can dog us for the gadget we like and are willing to spend some extra time ensuring we get one, but he a) came to this site to get info and b) keeps watching the post to see what people are saying. Who needs a life? Hmm.... Just saying!

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