New iPad Launch Day: What You Need to Know


Target: Stores are selling the new iPad on a first-come, first-serve basis during regular store hours. For many locations, that's 8 a.m.--same as the Apple Store.

Walmart: If you live near a 24-hour Walmart, reports say the big box store will start selling the new iPad at 12:01 a.m. on Friday morning. According to , Walmart will sell a "limited supply." This could mean just a handful (think single digits), so you may want to get in line early. Only 24-hour Walmarts will sell the iPad at 12:01 a.m.--all other Walmarts will open at their normal time.

How Early Should You Arrive?

If you're really in it to win it, you have a few factors in your favor this year (compared to last year's launch):

Still, if the early-morning sales of the iPhone 4S last year are any indication, you should expect big lines for the new iPad. During the iPhone 4S launch, customers in Santa Clara, Calif., were for the latest phone from Apple.