updated 09:50 am EST, Thu March 10, 2011
GarageBand and iMovie out today
Online orders of the iPad 2 will open at Apple around 1AM Pacific time on Friday, or about 4AM Eastern, according to the company. The timing mirrors that announced by AT&T, one of Apple's two US carrier partners. Buyers will otherwise have to line up for 5PM (local time) launches at retail chains, including not just Apple and AT&T but Best Buy, Target, Verizon, Walmart and some smaller resellers.
Each purchase at an Apple Store will be eligible for Personal Setup service, in which the company configures things like e-mail and apps. The iPad versions of GarageBand and iMovie will meanwhile be released at the App Store today, at a price of $5 each. Brief guided tours can be seen on Apple's website.