For one reason or another—and I’ll assume it’s not because they hate men my age—Apple has decided to stop allowing online preorders of their products. They did this with the iPhone 5s (though, oddly, not the iPhone 5c), and they’ve now down it with the iPad Air. Of course, I need one of these for reporting purposes (and because I just want one), so that means I have to get in line at the local Apple Store at some ungodly hour, right? Wrong.
My local Apple Store is in a mall. Apple’s website said the store is opening early today for the launch, but the mall still said it doesn’t open until 10am. I called the Apple Store to see what gives, and the friendly fellow—after checking with someone else—told me the mall will open at 7am. I asked him what time he felt I should get there to guarantee I’ll get an iPad Air, and after some conversation about this, he suggested, “If you don’t want to wait in line, you could buy the iPad online and set it for store pickup, that way we’ll have it set aside for you.”
I’m not sure why this didn’t occur to me before. I’m used to getting up at 3am to get the order in and have the product delivered to my door, so that’s a routine I can handle.
Early this morning I did just that. Up at 2:55, order the iPad Air, feed the cat, take care of some biological business, then back in bed at 3:15. Now that I’m up and showered, I check my e-mail, and there’s this:
I like this. I’m not one to stand in line for anything that doesn’t end in a burrito or a roller coaster ride, so I’m happy to spend my morning writing articles instead of waiting in a line outside a mall in order to wait in a line outside of a store.
It may be too late for you to do the same, but for those purchasing the iPad mini with Retina display, which is likely to have a supply shortage, this will greatly increase your chances of getting one on drop day. Good luck!