The Early Bird Catches The iPad: Welcome To The Dawn Patrol

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If you're the sort of person who camps out at the box office days in advance for blockbuster-movie tickets — or wakes up at 11 PM on Thanksgiving night to stand in line at Best Buy for the Black Friday doorbusters — set your alarm clock.  Now.

Friday, March 12, is the day Apple begins taking pre-orders for the iPad, starting at 8:30 AM EST (5:30 AM PST).  This covers both the Wi-Fi unit with its April 3 release date, and the "later in April" 3G version.  Order it for store pickup, and it'll be waiting for you on the 3rd.  No store nearby?  You can have it shipped to you, but the unit'll ship on the 3rd.

Be curious to see how fast these puppies sell out — or if Apple will just take every order it can, THEN figure out how to manufacture 'em all…

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