With iPad fever sweeping the nation, Apple is having a tougher time meeting demand than they probably anticipated. With online order wait times now at 3-4 weeks, your best bet at acquiring an iPad 2 is to pick one up at a local Best Buy, Walmart, or Apple retail store.
Adjusting to intense demand, AppleBitch is reporting that a number of its retail stores will open up an hour earlier (read: 9 AM) to help minimize some of the in-store chaos as eager consumers try and pick up iPad 2s before stores run out.
While no official announcement has been forthcoming from Apple, anecdotal reports from shoppers across the country trying get an iPad 2 this morning, say they were told by retail staff that even if the Apple Stores were re-stocked today, the iPad 2 would not be sold until tomorrow and for this reason, the Stores would open early for dedicated iPad 2 sales. We have confirmed this with three retail stores.