Okay, this is getting a tad bit ridiculous now. But for the interest of those already involved or in the same position (such as Jennika), here ya go.
I went to my local Apple Store today and talked to one of the Specialists there. My question was “I reserved an iPad - will there be one with my name on it waiting for me or am is it a first come, first serve kind of thing?”.
His answer made me really happy. He said, if you reserved an iPad for in-store pickup, there will be one available for you. There will be a line that you have to wait on but if you come at a reasonable time (meaning before 3PM when the reservation ends) you should not have a problem getting one. The stores are going to have enough stock for all of the reservations as well as more for walk-ins that want to buy one on the day of.
I also called the Apple Store that I reserved from and got the same answer. I was told that the store opens at 9AM and that there will be an iPad waiting there for me.
So I think I’m set. (Hopefully)
The plot thickens. So the other day, I was going back and forth about whether or not I wanted to buy an iPad. I finally decided that the smartest and safest idea would be to reserve one at my local Apple Store - delaying the inevitable $499 credit card charge and giving me some more time to decide. So I did it.
I had a whole host of awesome reasons why it made so much sense to reserve rather than pre-order. But today, I had a strange thought and chatted with the Apple store people online.
Apparently, reserving an iPad at the store does not in any way guarantee you to one, even if you get there before the store opens. It will still be a first come, first serve kind of system like the iPhone - so if you get there at 7AM and there’s a huge line of people and the store only was slated to get 10 iPads, the first 10 people are the only lucky ones.
It makes sense - if I pay now, I damn well better get it on April 3rd, but if they were to stock an iPad for every person that reserved one, they run the risk of people not showing up, etc.
So now I’m back to square one - which will probably end in me buying one today.
Last night and even into this morning, I wasn’t sure if I was going to actually purchase an iPad. It’s an awesome device, I’ll get a lot of use out of it but like my mom was saying to me “Yeah, but it’s $500.00”. Anyway, when I woke up this morning (at 9AM, without an alarm set), I decided to see what my options were - maybe there was a student discount or Steve did something crazy in the middle of the night and the iPad was different.
I went on the Apple website and saw it was available. I put one in my shopping cart and noticed it said “Delivers by April 3rd”. Then it clicked in my head that even if it does get delivered that day, it’ll spend hours or days circulating around the Syracuse University mail system and then I’ll be stuck waiting for the main desk to actually give it to me. Don’t even get me started on that.
But then I noticed something awesome. If you don’t want to have it shipped, you can reserve an iPad at your local Apple Store. So, I did it. It took two clicks and I was done. So this is how awesome this actually is:
- I now have an extra (almost) month to decide if I actually want to buy it.
- I have more time to work a little more and get some extra spending cash.
- There will be an iPad waiting for me at the Apple Store as early as 9AM on the day it’s released.
- If I decide I don’t want it, I just don’t show up and if I’m not there by 3PM, they will give it to someone else.
- I don’t have to pay until I go to pick it up.
Seems like a much better plan to me.
Preorders for the much anticipated iPad will begin tomorrow at 8:30AM. I’m kind of excited to see what kind of rush the online sales bring in, but at any rate I’m still not sure if I am going to buy one yet.
I got my mom on board with the idea (though she refuses to pay for it, she understands the use it will get) but it still is a lot of money. I’ll see what happens tomorrow.
For the first time in a really long time, a good friend said to me “Hey, so April 3rd the iPad comes out huh?” and I went “Wait…what?”. In my defense, I had a REALLY busy day and didn’t even get to take out my laptop. I quickly looked up all my usual sites and saw that Apple finally announced the pre-order information for the iPad.
So we did it. We had the conversation. “So, are you getting one?” “Yeah, I think so. Are you getting one?” “Yeah, I think I am too.”
I’m almost convinced I’m going to get one - if for no other reason than I know that however impractical it is, I will still use it and use it a lot. I bring my laptop almost anywhere but if my iPhone and (future) iPad can balance eachother’s weaknesses out, I might not even have to.
I’m also really excited at some of the unique app possibilities coming out such as 1Password, New York Times and iStudiez Pro. Also, the lack of information about basic apps such as weather, stocks, etc. really makes me think that Apple will be incorporating some kind of “Dashboard”.
Come on Apple, give me some news before I change my mind. It’s officially March, so you don’t have much longer until it’s late March. Pre-order please? K thanks bye.
*cue obnoxious “You’re actually gonna buy one of those things?” responses.