There is 2 major downsides to being in a second wave country for the launch of a new Apple device. The first of those downsides is well, your in a second wave country. The second major downside is there is that impending feeling of doom, that demand will exceed supply and your second wave country will have the launch date delayed. You have to watch and drool as other people in first wave countries collect their shiny new products, you have to listen to Apple stating record breaking sales and 3 million units sold. Surely with demand like there has been for the new iPad New Zealand launch will be delayed won’t it? No! It won’t.
After initially giving second wave countries a vague “end of March” launch date Apple has now confirmed that the new iPad will go on sale as planned from 8am this Friday. Details are typically sketchy, but we are used to that by now aren’t we? No doubt we will know pricing and who the “selected resellers”opening at 8am will be sometime on Thursday. In the mean time have a read of the statement from Apple today and let us know in the comments where you will be picking one up from and what time you will be queuing from. Will you be braving the rain or braving the almost certain 2 – 3 weeks ship time with an online order?
“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”
The new iPad is already available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands and will be available in 24 more countries starting at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, March 23 through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers, including 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.