Apple To Start Selling New iPad At 8am On Friday 16th

Apple has officially confirmed that it will open its stores on Friday the 16th from 8am to welcome users looking to buy the new iPad tablet.

The device was announced last week at an event in San Francisco by the company's CEO, Tim Cook and will be also be available online in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the US.

Preorders of the new iPad have already sold out and Apple now says that customers will have to wait up to 21 days in order to get their tablets.

The new iPad has six major differences compared to the old iPad 2 (whose price falls to £329 for the cheapest model). It comes with a Retina Display class screen (that's 2,048 by 1,536 pixels), twice the onboard system memory, a five megapixel camera, 4G connectivity, a bigger battery and a much better onboard GPU.

The cheapest Wi-Fi only model costs £399 while the cheapest 4G one will retail for £499. Apple will launch the New iPad in more than 20 other territories on the 23rd of March.

ITProPortal will be running a live blog covering the launch on Friday as well as a real time stock update detailing where to get the iPad and at what cost.