Apple Confirms: iPads To Be In-Stock In Retail Shops This Friday

iPad, iPad, iPad. No matter what, it's tough to shake the current king, and now that the unit's screen resolution is higher than that of any single rival, Apple has yet another leg to stand on. And while pre-orders have been sold out online for some time, those seeking a unit first-thing will still want to show up on Friday morning, money in hand. Apple today reaffirmed that the third-gen iPad will be at Apple retail stores on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 a.m. local time in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Every customer who buys a new iPad at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store and more, so they'll be up and running with their new iPad before they leave the store. No promises are being made in terms of stocking levels, but we'd bring a bit more than $499 just in case the base models are sold clean out.