Hype is at a fever pitch for the iPad 3. With less than a week until Apple pulls back the curtain at the event, we’re probably only a couple of weeks away until the tablet goes on sale. It’s going to sell in record numbers, and we’d know this even if older iPads weren’t being traded in at unprecedented rates.
There may be one big problem with this though: there just won’t be enough iPads to go around. According to people with inside information at DigiTimes, those fancy new Retina Display LCDs may be in short supply until the second quarter of 2012.
When added to what is looking like unprecedented demand, this could make the iPad 3 an extremely hard-to-get product. This isn’t out of the norm for Apple releases, as store shelves are often bare for the first few weeks to months of a new product’s lifecycle. But the iPad 3 release could take this hard-to-get nature to a new level.
Face it: everyone is going to want that Retina Display. Apple will wow us at next Wednesday’s event, and people who don’t even use electronic devices will be asking you about that Retina Display. Owners of two generations of iPads will be pawning their old slates and looking to snag a shiny new iPad 3. But there won’t be enough for everyone. It’s going to be insanity.
Much will hinge on whether Apple takes pre-orders for the new tablet. The company typically does for new products, but there were no pre-orders for last year’s iPad 2 release. If there are pre-orders available, we’d recommend finding out the exact time that they begin (we’ll let you know here at Geek) and set your alarm. Call in from work if you have to, just get that pre-order in asap. It may be the only way that you’ll have an iPad 3 in your hand before April.
If there are no pre-orders, then prepare for a mad rush that will make Black Friday look like a leisurely stroll through the park.
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