New iPad also available on Friday, March 16 at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart

New iPad also available on Friday, March 16 at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart

Apple has announced that, in addition to Apple Retail Stores, the new iPad will also be available for purchase on Friday, March 16 at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart in the US.

It's unknown if third party retailers will be opening at 8am local time for the launch, like Apple Retail Stores will be, or how well stocked they'll be. If there's an Apple Retail Store near you, you're probably better off going there despite the chances of longer lines. They'll almost certainly have more stock and the sheer quantity of staff on hand level of service is typically far, far superior to your average big box retailer. You'll also have free setup help and support to get you going faster.

If you don't have an Apple Retail Store anywhere near you, then Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart are great options if you want to pick your iPad up in person in case you missed out on pre-orders, or just don't care for online shopping.

If you're lining up, let us know where!

Also let us know which new iPad you're getting, and if you having trouble deciding, check out our 2012 iPad buyers guide.

See you Friday!

Rene Ritchie

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There are 13 comments. Add yours.

Glenn#IM says:

Could WalMart get the jump at 12A on the 16th? I would guess Best Buy would have the most stock, with Target second. Has been that way in the past.

Sancho90 says:

I think that only happens if you get someone who doesn't know what's going on... Essentially, a dumb employee.
My local Wal Marts have turned me down when I tried to get a jump on my competing buyers by going in at midnight.

sting7k says:

Maybe a Walmart out in the middle of no where will.

Blue says:

For me wal Mart usually has 10-12 and target has 4

kch50428 says:

Radio Shack has a buy-back deal... looks like my iPad1 might be worth ~$200... I'm going to check further into this.

Rich says:

Let us know, I might jump in on this. I know the Apple buyback also estimated $200 for my iPad 16GB+ AT&T model.

Jar says:

I know for fact that a local Walmart is selling it at 12:01AM

nhnonna says:

What REALLY would have been cool would have been that Apple could have at least included a smart or some other cover for those idiots like me who tried (and succeeded after) for two hours on the 7th to get online to order the new iPad! With all the money they're taking in, they could have at least done SOMETHING!

rlboard says:

How crazy do you sound?! You were in no way obligated to make a purchase and Apple doesn't have to compensate you for any inconvenience you experienced.
The nerve of some people!

Juan carlos says:

I will be at best buy at 2 am , I have a $530 gift card so I am stock with best buy iv been calling my local store and they don't event know what they going to do on friday , I will call today and see what they say.
I don't know why apple makes really complicated to get one if their products .

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