Posted on | March 16, 2012 | No Comments
The customary storefront crowds are expected to gather as Apple’s latest iPad goes on sale Friday. Long lines are likely even though customers could have ordered the new tablet computer ahead of time for first-day home delivery.
The retail giant began selling the new iPad at 12:01 a.m. local time on March 16—tonight. This wasa full eight hours before the new iPad goes went on sale at Apple retail stores and other resellers.
Apple’s new iPad hits stores tomorrow, and there will be more than the usual lines of fans in NYC, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Change.org protesters will be joining Apple customers in line in a move to get Apple to “stop worker abuse in their factories.”
The teardown experts from iFixit flew halfway around the world to be there when March 16 rolled past the International Date Line into Australia. iFixit’s team was the first in line to buy an iPad in Melbourne, and set immediately to disassembling the device to poke at its innards. Unsurprisingly, most of the inside is occupied by a massive 42.5Whr battery.
The editors of the magazine have tested the new iPad and compared it with Android tablets. Their conclusion: “The new iPad streaks to the head of the pack, largely on the strength of improvements to its display. But this doesn’t mean that everyone else should abandon the race; it just means that they’re going to have to work harder to overcome the iPad’s lead.”
Though tablet owners have already ponied up some $500 for an iPad or some other tablet, they’re not shy about spending money on content to use on their devices. In a new report, Nielsen found that tablet owners in the U.S. and Europe are comfortable with paying for content in various categories.