iPad 2 Arrives! Pictures From the Apple Store and Best Buy in Naples, FL


iPad 2 Arrives!

Apple Store sign

This was the scene at 5:15 p.m. down the walkway from the Apple store in Naples, Florida. That’s the end of the line in the shot below. You can see the Apple Store in the background.

Line start

 

The line was long but Apple had plenty of staff on hand to manage and assist eager customers. Several came prepared with folding chairs for the wait and Apple provided free drinks just outside the doors to make the time on line more pleasant. Here’s the scene in front of the store.

Store line

The line at the local Best Buy (5:40) was much shorter, but so was the supply of iPads I’m sure. Customers wound around the Apple display on the left and were checked out at a register off camera on the right. A friendly store employee working the line showed me a small stack of  flyers used as tickets for the line. He told me anyone getting one of these flyers was guaranteed to get an iPad, though it wasn’t clear to me if you’d get the model you desired.

Best Buy line

Did I take advantage of the much shorter line at Best Buy to get my new iPad? Uh, no. Want to get mine at the Apple Store if I can and time with family comes first tonight (visiting here). Will return to Apple Store early in the morning to try my luck. Hope they save one for me!


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.