Get ready, new iPads are starting to arrive at retail stores

By , Mar 14, 2012

Even though some folks appear to be getting their new iPads early, the rest of us are stuck waiting until March 16th. Pre-ordered units are scheduled to start arriving this Friday. And the tablet is slated to hit retail stores the same day.

The good news is that if you plan on braving the lines this week, there are several retailers expected to be carrying the tablet on launch day. In fact, it looks like Best Buy has already started receiving inventory of new iPad units…

According to the folks over at Engadget, an anonymous tipster has sent them a photo of what appears to be new Retina display-equipped iPads. The site says the image was taken in the stock room of a US-based Best Buy.

This is interesting because typically, new Apple products are drop-shipped the night before launch day. And if they do arrive early, the packages are usually marked with strict instructions not to open until just before sale.

Regardless, these do appear to be new iPads. And if this small stack of boxes is any indication of what availability will be like at other retailers, you might want to go ahead and get in line at your local store now.

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  • http://twitter.com/steve_o2291 Stephen Mallett

    I just got an email from apple saying I should receive my new aTV a day in advance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708023726 Aaron Michael de Silva

    Im sure there’s more iPads in that picture. Look at the corners, there more boxes..

  • Anonymous

    I got am email from Apple saying my personalized iPad will not arrive by March 16th, as indicated on the order status page. They offered to ship a standard unit for delivery on the 16th instead and will give me instructions how to return the personalized one when it arrives. I told them sure I will take the non engraved unit on the 16th. Now my order status page shows 2 iPads for delivery.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530031830 Andrew Thornton

      Can I please have the other iPad if you manage to get it? :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Augusto-De-Angelis/1602394106 Augusto De Angelis

      I think you should glue them together and use them like a book.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Augusto-De-Angelis/1602394106 Augusto De Angelis

      I think you should glue them together and use them like a book.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Augusto-De-Angelis/1602394106 Augusto De Angelis

      I think you should glue them together and use them like a book.