The new iPad has been launched. Its name is yet to be revealed. Apple is still keeping the name under the wraps.
Some people call it “iPad 3”. Some people call it “iPad HD”. Some people call it “The New iPad”.
But the pre-orders for the new iPad have started.
RadioShack has started accepting pre-orders for the “new iPad”. They are going to have the honor of being the first company outside of Apple to start selling the device.
Apple has also began accepting pre-orders for the new iPad almost immediately after announcing the device on 7 March 2012. Delivery times for some new iPad model pre-orders made directly through Apple have already slipped three days back from the initial launch date of 16 March 2012 (the 16GB 4G and 64GB 4G models). RadioShack has beaten Best Buy, and even AT&T and Verizon retail locations to the pre-order punch. The other retailers are yet to announce when they will begin accepting orders for the new iPad.
However, in RadioShack buyers must purchase a $50 gift card before they can pre-order the new iPad. The $50 gift-card caveat seems odd, especially since buyers can use the card toward the price of the new iPad. All pre-orders must be done at physical RadioShack retail store. All locations will stop accepting pre-orders on Monday, 12 March 2012.