Ahead of the new iPad launch, Best Buy stores have started receiving units for launch-day sale. Boxes of third-generation tablets awaiting Friday’s event can be seen in a photo allegedly obtained by Engadget. Best Buy will be one of a number of retailers to offer the new iPad on day one.
An anonymous Target employee has also reported that first iPad shipments have arrived in the store. The devices are reportedly delivered in cases containing five units. Target is said to allot between 5 to 120 iPads to each store, with the average receiving 20 to 30 units. Shipments seem to be notably coming not from Apple’s distribution center, but directly from the company.
The source also corroborated that the new tablet will hit the shelves on Friday morning, with signage going up Thursday night. To control the expectedly large crowd of iPad shoppers, some Target stores may supposedly adopt a coupon system. If the rollout follows last year’s pattern of the iPad 2 debut, Target may have to wait a few months before it starts carrying a steady supply of the third-gen tablet.
Those who weren’t fast enough to order a new tablet directly from Apple last week will likely need to wait in line in front of an Apple Store, Best Buy outlet or any other partnering retail space, as preorders via the company’s online store have already sold out.
Besides being available in Apple Stores and Best Buy retail chain, the third-gen iPad will also go on sale at Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club and Radioshack. To obtain a 4G LTE model, customers will have to visit an AT&T or Verizon retail location. Sales of the new device have been officially confirmed to start at 8 a.m. local time.