Analysts reported that the supply chain is tight for the materials Apple needs to make the new iPad therefore if you want a new iPad on Friday, get ready to queue up for insanity.
The new iPad will sold in Apple, AT&T and Verizon stores on Friday. It is not clear, yet what time the stores will open, however, the Apple retail website shows that there will be Apple Geniuses available to help.
We were on hold with our local Apple store for a while and finally we reached a rep who told us "We open at 10:00 am Friday. People should start lining up today...It's going to be insane!"
Features of the new iPad include a Retina touchscreen, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video
Currently the Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE version of the new iPad 4G Wi-Fi version offers mobile hotspots while the AT&T version may support the feature later.
Meanwhile, although Apple did not announce all the hardware under the new iPad's hood, some lucky buyer in Vietnam ran benchmarks to expose its specs. The A5X dual-core processor runs at 1GHX and there is 1GB of RAM, twice the RAM of the iPad 2. The processor speed may be clocked at a slower speed to help preserve battery life. The new Retina display is big battery drain.
Apple claims that the new iPad runs twice as fast as the iPad 2 and four-times faster than the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor.
Even though Samsung and Apple are duking out patents all over the world iSuppli reported that Samsung is only supplier of the Retina display for the new iPad because LG and Sharp could not meet Apples' standards.
iPad is set to continue to dominate worldwide demand for NAND flash in media tablets at least through the year 2015 reported iSuppli. By 2015, Apple will continue to account for a majority of tablet NAND purchasing, at 58 percent in 2015