New iPad feeding frenzy to begin on Friday at 8am

New iPad feeding frenzy to begin on Friday at 8am

Apple has announced that the new iPad will officially go on sale in its retail outlets at 8am on Friday, news that's sure to get the attention of Apple fans and queue-baiting Samsungers everywhere.

The UK is one of 10 territories in the initial wave of launches, though whether you'll actually be able to get your hands on one in two days' time might be a different story altogether.

It's set to be yet another blockbuster opening weekend for Apple, and as has become the norm recently online pre-orders have completely sold out and quoted delivery times have already taken a hit – at present you're looking at 2-3 weeks should you go the web route.

That means getting in line is now the only way you stand a chance of getting your iPad on launch day, but don't expect to be able to rock up at 7.55am in waltz straight in.

The time-honoured custom of showing your allegiance to the iFruit by camping out for days on end before launch day is alive and well – despite Samsung's best efforts to make it look ridiculous – and our bet is you won't find a single iPad for love or money past lunchtime on Friday (unless some stock is held back).

However, according to Pocket-lint wiser birds may choose to wait not outside their local Apple Store but rather in front of a PC World instead. The flagship Tottenham Court Road branch in London is apparently set to open its doors at 12.01am on Friday morning to welcome the true die-hards, while selected branches in other cities will be opening doors at 7am, an hour before Apple Stores put the tablet-starved masses out of their misery.

Just to remind you, the iPad has been priced at £399 (16GB), £479 (32GB) and £559 (64GB) if you're happy with Wi-Fi only, or an extra £100 in each case should you want yours to offer “4G” capabilities.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2012 at 09:55

huh? I got mine yesterday.

Sorry, wrong thread.

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2012 at 12:04

So wonder how many of these will get stolen from the buyers on there way home especially from PC World at midnight.

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2012 at 12:07

Wonder where the rest are stored too so they can make sure there's a few scenes of clamouring desperation for the launch.

hard123  Mar. 15, 2012 at 12:58

We got units in today, \I used it earlier alongside the Ipad2, only over Wifi but it loaded pages no faster, it loaded Youtube videos marginally quicker, feels the same but the display is defo a clear improvement.

The camera quality is also a pleasant improvement.

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2012 at 13:12

How about things that the increased processor speed might actually help?

barrybarryk  Mar. 15, 2012 at 14:34

The processor is more or less the same, it's the GPU and RAM that's gotten an upgrade to cope with the screen. Apple always do a good job of optimisation (kind of makes it easy when you're in complete control of the devices your OS will run on) so I'm sure it'll still be silky smooth but it's still a device largely aimed at consuming web traffic and an increased processor / GPU / RAM really doesn't help much there.

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2012 at 15:18

Well I did ask about areas where the speed would help not those that it wouldn't.

barrybarryk  Mar. 15, 2012 at 15:25

There is no increased processor speed.
The increase in the GPU performance will most likely be offset by the screens giant native resolution, you're not likely to see any increase in performance anywhere except GPU intensive tasks like transcoding & encoding which no one would do on a tablet anyway. It'll just look sharper

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2012 at 15:36

I wasn't asking about likelihoods either, I was asking someone who had actually seen one what it could do. But any more guesswork you'd like to share would be lovely too.

barrybarryk  Mar. 15, 2012 at 16:02
"benchmarks suggest that there's no difference in the standard compute power (though the RAM is up to 1GB - that's half what you get on the lowest-spec MacBook Air; all the improvement is in the graphics processor."
You can look up the benchmarks yourself or you can just continue refusing to believe it, I don't care. But if there is an improvement in game performance that'll have to wait until someone makes one for the device It's not that hard to understand and there are dozens of reviews that say the exact same thing which you've obviously read and blissfully ignored hoping someone will say something stupid like "yes it's 2x faster"

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2012 at 16:33

Yep that was lovely


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