The new iPad will hit the shelves at 8 a.m. local time Friday.
Tablet buyers around the world eager to buy the new iPad will get a chance at 8 a.m. Friday.
Apple's retail stores and online store will start selling the third-generation iPad at 8 a.m. local time Friday across several countries, Apple announced today. The shift represents an early opening for Apple Stores, which normally unlock their doors at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.
The new iPad will initially be sold in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In the U.S., the new iPad will also be available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target, and Wal-Mart.
Buyers who snag a new iPad at an Apple retail outlet will be offered a free service from a store employee who can help them customize the tablet, set up e-mail, and load new apps.
Customers can also purchase an iPad on Apple's site and pick it up at a local Apple store.