Users can order the iPad 2 online via Apple.comstarting at 1AM PT/4AM ET on Friday, March 11.
The “magical” tablet will be available at Apple stores throughout the U.S. (there are now 236 of them, Apple notes) starting at 5PM local time. Buying the iPad 2 in an Apple store comes with an extra perk: “Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store℠ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad 2 before they leave the store,” Apple explains.
The iPad 2 starts at $499 (Wi-Fi only) and $629 (W-Fi + 3G).
Critics have just published their reviews of the tablet and they have good things to say. “As of now,” Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital writes, “I can comfortably recommend it as the best tablet for average consumers.”