iPad heads to Currys and PC World

Ok, we all know the score. New Apple gadget = queue at an official Apple outlet. Unless of course, you have ordered online. But the impending launch could be a little different, with electrical retailers Currys and PC World also selling the iPad alongside the Apple Store(s).

According to the Times Online, a memo was last week circulated among sales staff at DSGi, the owner of Currys and PC World, confirming it would stock the iPad from day one, which is this coming Friday.

The retail chain is believed to have a 60-day exclusive window in selling the device, Apple Stores obviously excluded and according to the memo, the company expects demand to mirror that of the US. Big, in other words. Although despite that demand, the chain is not opening early to deal with any demand. If you want 'early', you'll have to try the official Apple outlets, which are opening up from 8am.

All of which is likely to annoy anyone who ordered an iPad online in the relatively recent past. Online orders seem to have outstripped online supply, with delivery dates pushed back twice for orders placed in recent weeks.

if you want to grab an iPad at launch, prices are from £429 for a basic Wi-Fi only model, hitting nearly £700 for a top-end 3G-friendly model. Don't forget that data contract for the latter too. If you ordered online, sit tight and hope.

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