Despite some supply doubts, the iPad 2 launch is definitely going ahead in the UK this Friday – but not until 5pm.
The word from Robert Peckham, former Executive Director of the Mac Technology Association reseller group, appears to be correct as Apple states: “iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple authorised resellers at 5pm local time.”
Not first thing in the morning, which will no doubt be a disappointment to the more rabid Apple tablet fans out there. Retailers will have to cram a lot of sales into a couple of hours, or stay open later into the evening.
Mind you, stock might not last that long anyway – it isn’t clear exactly how many iPad 2s are going to be available, but if the launch is anything like the US, some folks will be going away disappointed. And other folks will be going away with several tablets to eBay.