So the eve of the New iPad is here…. release date for tomorrow, Friday March 16th 2012. And amidst all of the hype and bloviating opinions out there spewing negativity… I for one am excited. iExcited, iSay! (From now on, all references to me, myself or I -will be in the form of ‘i’). And to think, it is right at St. Patty’s Day range…. Mr. Leprechaun must have shined his rainbow my way!
i for one am particularly excited due to one big factor…. i have owned an iPad but have never actually had one.
How is this possible? Well, a long time ago but not a galaxy far, far away… i received an iPad for X-Mas.
“But wait, you said you didn’t actually own one?!?”
True… i did receive one, but heard upon receiving it that an iPad II was right around the corner slated for that Spring. So i decided to wait, and took my iPad back to the Apple Store and got the Apple Card with credit on it- much to the chagrin of the Apple employees who tried to state it was only a rumor. Well, it was more than a rumor and i am sorry i had to disappoint them with losing that sale then and there.
So i waited. Sure enough, Apple gave their Keynote address that Spring and let everyone know the new iPad II was coming.
On release date, i went to the store smiling ready to finally get my new iPad II, feeling a certain euphoria at having waited only to be getting the better and newest version so soon. But i was told that customers had to come back to the store at 5pm, as that was when they were going to start selling them. 5 pm? 5 pm on a Friday??? They had to be kidding- but they were not. After coming back a bit earlier i stood in the massive lines that stretched to seeming infinity… only to be told after 1 hour past 5 pm when they started selling, that there were no iPad II available. Sold out.
i left disappointed to no end. i saw that even one the Apple Online Store that it was a projected 6 weeks before one could even expect to get one. Employees and managers at the physical Apple Store in my area, told of trying to get to the store early and see if any were in… the earlier the better luck one might have. Yeah, right. Like i have all the time in the world to visit the Apple Store every day for months on end. So…. i decided i would simply wait until the hubub was all over with and get one then. But….. what did my eyes and ears inform me of later pray tell during my months of waiting?? Why, that an iPad 3 was rumored to be coming out soon.
Already??? It didn’t seem possible. Then suddenly there was a new iPhone that was being released… after they had already released the Lion OSX. It seemed possible! The iPhone was only 1 year old and they already rolled out another, why not another iPad. So i waited.
And now, here on the eve of the New iPad release… i have received the confirmation of my Pre-Order for pick up at the Apple Store:
We’re happy to let you know that the items below are available. They can be picked up at your convenience on or after Mar 16.
When you arrive, a Specialist will be available to help you pick up your items. We’ll also help you get set up so you’ll be up and running before you leave the store. If you have more items, you can wait and pick up your entire order all at once. You’ll receive additional Pickup Notification emails when your items arrive at this store.
Thanks for shopping with Apple. We look forward to seeing you soon.
The Apple Store
iPad with Wi-Fi 16GB – Black (3rd generation) Pick Up: Available Mar 16
And without further ado…. i for one am excited! For i will finally get to have my first iPad, which just happens to be the latest and greatest…. for now. But with all the enhancements i have seen about this one… it is an awesome one to begin with!
XMas in March… new Diablo III going live at midnight tonight…. and my New iPad coming home tomorrow….thank you Mr. Leprechaun!