Today, Apple has officially announced that the new iPad will launch at 8:00 AM local time on Friday in the United States and nine other countries. Earlier this week, signs of an 8:00 AM launch started to show up, with the grand opening time of Apple’s new Highland Village retail store in Houston, and that time was confirmed yesterday with a leaked photo of Apple retail store signage announcing the launch time.
Apple says that customers purchasing the new iPad will receive free Personal Setup to get their new device up and running, while promoting Personal Pickup options available through the Apple Store app for iOS devices. The company’s latest iPad will be made available in the U.S. and nine other countries this Friday. It will be made available at Apple’s retail stores and the company’s online store this Friday at 8 a.m. in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K. The new iPad will also become available in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The company has also confirmed that the new iPad will be available from Best Buy, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart in the United States. Carriers AT&T and Verizon has also announced that they will be offering 4G models of the new iPad beginning with Friday’s launch date.