Update March 16, 9:04 a.m.: GeekHampton reports that new iPads are expected to arrive in the afternoon.
The new iPad — which boasts a faster processor, a higher resolution display, 1080p HD camera and other improvements over its predecessors — goes on sale in retail stores Friday at 8 a.m., according to 9to5mac.com.
There are a few places on the South Fork where Apple fans can purchase the new device — possibly. Some retailers would not say Thursday how many they would be carrying, while others would not confirm or deny if the new iPad would be shelved on Friday at all.
If any place would have the new iPad on the day of release, it's in Sag Harbor, an authorized Apple retailer. However, a staffer said GeekHampton cannot offer comment on the release of the new iPad until after 12:01 a.m. Friday. But if you trust the rumor mill about the release date, you can be sure the iPad will be on GeekHampton shelves at 8 a.m.
Radio Shack stores in and both open at 8 a.m. Friday. Staffers say they will have the iPad in stock, but could not say how many their stores will carry.
Phillip Burns, a manager-in-training at on County Road 39 in Southampton, said a shipment of iPads is expected at the warehouse on Friday, but he cannot say for certain whether the iPad will make it to the shelves the same day. "They're being very secretive about it," he said, both Apple and P.C. Richard & Son.
The iPads will be stocked on Tuesday at the latest, Phillips said, but he suggested calling the store Friday to check if it is available. The store opens at 10 a.m. Friday.
The new iPad starts at $499, and, for the cost conscious, the iPad 2 has been marked down to $399. A new iPad with all the bells and whistles, including 4G and a 64GB hard drive, will run you $829.
If you're not sure whether or not you want the new iPad, WSJ.com has a review that can help you make up your mind.
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