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There's no denying that people love their Apple products. Just last Wednesday, Apple announced the third generation iPad and it took no time for the pre-orders to sell out online. The expected arrival time of iPad online orders is now two to three weeks from the order date. Apple is saying that demand is "off the charts."

Sporting the same size, 9.7-inch display with a quadrupled resolution, the new iPad packs over three million pixels and touts the highest resolution of any tablet out there. It also bears 4G LTE connectivity, a A5X dual-core chip with quad-core graphics, 1GB RAM (double that of the last two models), a much-improved 5-megapixel camera, voice dictation and hotspot capabilities.

Despite it not interesting me a whole lot, it was pretty clear that it was a pretty significant upgrade from the previous model. And this incredibly high demand is something we all saw coming from a mile away.

As per usual with highly anticipated Apple products, though, there is sure to be a slew of stock at authorized electronics retailers and Apple stores around the world on launch day. Problem is, you almost always have to get there very early to even have a chance at getting your hands on the new iDevice.

This time around, two guys in London, named Ali and Zohaib, have been camping out in front of an Apple store since Saturday. The new iPad's street date is March 16, so these two have another four days to wait. And they're hardly the first to set up camp outside Apple stores nearly a week ahead of time to wait it out and be first in line. Thousands upon thousands have been doing this since the very first iPhone and each subsequent iPhone and iPad launch since.

More recently, Samsung has turned it into a bit of a slight against Apple in their latest marketing campaign. But let's be honest, every manufacturer out there, including Samsung, would love nothing more than their loyal customers and fans to do the exact same thing.

The question is: would you ever take off work to wait in line for a new product on launch day? What about multiple days of work and/or school? A week? Is anything worth being first in line for?

It's a bit of a trick question if you ask me. I wouldn't technically be taking off work for it. It could technically be considered work. And, with the aid of a hotspot and a power source, I can work from anywhere. Still, there is nothing in the world (in terms of electronics) that important to me. Plus, I have a few locations that sell electronics that few people know or think of on a big launch day.

I suited up to fight the crowds to find an iPad 2 last year. I went out at about 4:00 PM (the iPad 2 was set to launch at 5:00 PM) and my first stop was Best Buy, where they were handing out tickets for their stock and I was the next person in line when they handed the very last ticket to the person in front of me. In other words, unless someone with a ticket in front of me decided not to buy their iPad, I wasn't going to get one from that store. So I went to a store that was walking distance away and not a single person was there. I waited until 5:00 and was the first (and only) person to walk out of that store with an iPad 2.

I doubt I'll go out this year. And I doubt I will ever be that lucky again. Simply put, though, there is no device that could make me want to wait for more than an hour or so, much less a week in a tent on a slab of concrete. Even though I'm a habitual early adopter, waiting for a device to come back in stock doesn't bother me too much.

That said, I know there are a lot of you out there who missed the online pre-orders and want your iPad on launch day. Many of you sold your old iPad to by a new one and are dying without it. Will any of you be going out to fight the crowds on Friday? Will any of you be camping out days in advance? Are any of you out there camping now and reading this? Tell us in the comments below.

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Joshua Becker No, it's just moronic people do this stuff. It still will be there tomorrow if you preordered it, or, you could wait patiently and buy it in a store without waiting hours and hours like an idiot.
Steven Pereira I waitedfor the midnight release of Skyrim (guess I'm out of the gamer closet now) but I don't think I'll ever miss work for a bit of tech. Though, it was tough having to work the Sunday that the Note launched. Got it that Monday.
Rachel Rueff I don't see why anyone would first you lose money by doing that and the item you want is expensive and can be bought at any time. its stupid to camp out for something that can be gotten any time.
James Adelan Cowie Rather keep my dignity
Justin M. Houston Hail naw...my old roommate actually QUIT HIS JOB to camp out for the iPhone...4S!!! THE I PHONE 4S!!!!!! He now lives with his parents. Again.
J Litz Van No, because I'm not an idiot.
John Cummings No freaking way I have a life!
Michael Horton For a time machine,yes. For phone or tablet video game etc....hell noooooooooo.if Apple or Google make a time machine I'm all over that!!!!
Jaime Espinoza Technology is cool, but its going to be there for years to come, For me My Job is First Priority. :)
Eduardo Ordaz My parents wont no matter how good the product and how much they want it. They wait till the weekend.
Drew Page Umm no. I've owned each iPhone, and I simply pre-ordered it and had it sent to my house. I have kids and no time to do otherwise.
Jesse Ling people who camp out for devices need to get lives
Zach Cline It's "Loser" Not " Looser" Learn to freaking spell.
Iluvmigyrl Judd hell naw...y nt preorder and get it da same day as store arrival date
Daniel Coelho I work at night so i dont have too ;)
Rick Conrad Hell no is right!!! But I would drive real close to the puddle and soak the loosers lol if your that desperate then just pre order and pick up after your RESPONSIBILITIES
Mark Gittens Nope I prepare ahead of time and request off lol
Jared Prado I'd skip school for the 4th generation iPad but not iPhone I don no like A5X worst processor an iPad with dual-core 2 YEARS IN A ROW UMM… no
Ashley Cha No definitely not! That's way too extreme for me. I have my priorities and much more important things to ponder on than tent outside of the store, waiting for a gadget's release.
Patrick Baluyut Hell no! Not that desperate to be few 1st to have the latest gadget!
Thad Thomas Worthless
Bob Slocum only if there handing them out for free
Arthur Mmayie That is just plain stupidity
Brandon Johnson There ain't a device in the world I would do that for... Unless it was a money printing press.
Eric Hook Yes. Android
Mike Nguyen Yeah...ipad..lol
Ayoub Hage I'll camp out for a gadget when hell freezers over :)
Dietrich Brown No im not that desperate
Jason Vargas I have gone to a midnight release but those are more partys then anything. Lets be real. The real question is have u ever camped out for an iDevice? And No, Thats just stupid. If u already pre ordered it then keep your dignity and wait. Cmon ppl
Jeanne Donnelly Nope. I just wait for the price comes down and listen to the people that waited in line to bitch that they paid premium.
Jason Vargas That's just stupid
Edward Gonse I've never camped out for even Black Friday deals. Last time I've done anything remotely similar to that was in high school when I skipped class to get the Wu-Tang Forever album.
Jody Warrick Wow.. Lot a haters on here... I really want to one day to see what it's like..
Cesario Brito Jr. People who skip work and camp out for anything needs psychological evaluation.
Nisha Barrett It's never that serious to skip work or school smh, whoever does it needs help..
Kevin Bowles Haha Daniel, you're a grown man, that's kin sees of sad. I agree with the masses here. That kind of loyalty to a consumer product is pathetic.
Chris Hagood No. Now, for something exciting like when Assassin's Creed III comes out in October, yes.
Mark Fisher Jr. Fuck that, I'd rather make money.
Christopher Pena We got a couple of bad asses here people, watch out.
Ibtehaj Khan one of my goals in life. just so i know how it feels, but the product has to be worth it.
Eriq Blaque Hell no
Daniel Cuadrado For every iPhone release, ps3, Xbox 360 and wii, and I don't care what people think.
Bill Siembida Hell no leave that to the I sheep
Joan Briley No then if i get fired who would pay my bills
Rami Jaber thats just for losers with no lifes
Rami Jaber No i wouldnt
James Gustavo Hidalgo lololololll im not a brain washed apple head
Anthony Bailey I wish I would be that pathetic.
Nancy Louise Stevens Absolutely NOT.
Angelo Bruno Hey...i geuess someone has to report all the bugs...this way when i get it,there r no more problems
George Millhouse no thats just really stupid. thats the problem with people these days..Priorities
Andrew Augustus Nope I would never sit outside for a product, cause chances are that the product might have some early problems, I'd wait after the updates.
Devin Martinez I rather pre-order & wait in the comfort of my home
Alex Panayiotou No you can be the first to pre order it and get it the day it comes or the next. Not a bid deal.
Jesus Baez Not worth it..but I know somebody who does that stuff just for some Jordans..lol
Theo Jackson No, I love having shiny new gadgets, but waiting a few days or even a couple weeks never hurt anyone.
Chris Ramsay I missed work and camped out overnight for my Xbox 360, it sucked, it was like -20 outside, almost got fired for it also, don't plan on doing that again.
Julius Allen For fun yea. Maybe with a group of friends interested in the same tech.
Frank Porter No, I would not be such a moron as to skip work to wait in line for device. I don't care what it is. Anyone who has ever done that or would consider doing that in the future should be ashamed and embarassed. Do you realize how many people laugh their asses off at you and make fun of you, when you people are shown on the news? lol! Hey it's a free country so do what you want. I just personally wouldn't go to such lengths to get a new tech gadget. Really not that important to me.
Miguel Richiez NEVER!!! That's a bit much.
C Paul Courtney Only a few hours for the original EVO4G
William Smith Hell no! Money always comes first!
Nate Waugh I didn't camp out overnight, but I missed work to stand in line in the first week.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis It's not that serious..




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