Apple’s new iPad 2 is available for purchase in U.S. starting from Friday, March 11 (a week from today and almost a year after iPad 1′s pre-order). Are you one of those who have decided to buy Apple’e new iPad 2 and wondering how and where to buy iPad 2? Apple does not have any pre-order sales for iPad 2. However, unlike the first generation iPad, you have a plenty of options to buy and get your hands on iPad 2.
Buy iPad 2 from Apple Online Store
An easy way buy Apple iPad 2 is to buy it from Apple store online starting from March 11. Apple would ship it to for free. However, it is not known when exactly Apple would open the door online to place an order. Also, you may have to beat the clock before the server crashes.
UPDATE: iPad 2 Sales Begins at 1 am PST
Apple announced that customers can buy iPad 2 from Apple online store beginning beginning at 1 a.m. PT (4 am EST). Yes. Apple fan boys, you may get to see sunrise on March 11. Set your alarm right now or start making loads of coffee.
Buy iPad 2 from Apple Stores
One can also buy iPad 2 from over 200 Apple retail stores across the nation starting from Friday March 11. Apple will be selling iPad 2 starting from 5 pm local time at Apple stores. Apple is offering free personal setup at the stores. Find the closest Apple retail store here, http://www.apple.com/retail/storelist/.
Buy iPad 2 from Walmart, BestBuy, and Target
For the first time Apple is launching iPad from Walmart, BestBuy, Target, and possibly other authorized resellers. Both Walmart and Bestbuy are advertising that iPad 2 is available for purchase starting from March 11. Although it is not clear whether they will be selling iPad 2 both online and at stores on March 11.
AT&T and Verizon to Sell iPad 2 on March 11
AT&T announced that it will sell the new iPad 2 in its retail and business stores starting from the launch day, Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. local time. In addition, AT&T will also sell iPads online at http://www.att.com/iPad starting at 1 a.m. pacific time. To attract iPad 2 customers, AT&T is also offering $25/2 GB plan free for the first month to the customers who activate a new postpaid plan.
Verizon also announced that it will be selling the new iPad 2 at select Verizon Wireless stores nationwide beginning Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. local time. Customers can also order by phone in Verizon starting from 5pm EST. It looks like Verizon is not selling iPad 2 online.
There is one important thing to note for the customers interested in getting iPad 2 with Wi-Fi only. Both AT&T and Verizon will be selling iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G models only. So if you are interested in getting the Wi-Fi model, don’t waste your time at Verizon and AT&T retail stores.