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New iPad on sale 8am Friday

The new iPad will go on sale at 8am on Friday, Apple has confirmed.

Apple has confirmed timings for the launch of the new iPad, with the company's third tablet set to go on sale at 8am on Friday, 16 March -- in just two days time.

The tablet, which offers increased screen resolution, a souped-up camera and a more potent processor, will be flogged at 8am across the globe, meaning the UK will get its mitts on the tablet ahead of the US, but later than Australia.

I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if the new slate sold out soon after its launch -- Apple gadgets generally do, and shipping times on the company's site specify a 2-3 week wait.

As such, if you want assurances of getting hold of the new iPad on Friday, unfortunately, your best bet is to go stand outside a shop early and wait for it to open.

The new iPad itself isn't much of an upgrade but it does sort out some of the issues we had with the iPad 2. The bump in screen resolution is most welcome, and I'm always keen to put a new processor through its paces.

The compromise is that Apple's new toy is actually bulkier than the previous model, at 9.4mm thick and 652g for the Wi-Fi-only model (the equivalent iPad 2 was 8.8mm thick and weighed 601g).

That noticeable extra heft could make it feel less slick, but on the other hand, the iPad 2 is reportedly more likely to break than the first iPad, so y'know, swings and roundabouts.

CNET UK will be primed to bring you news as it occurs on launch day, so stay tuned. Will you be camping outside a shop come Friday? Or would you rather eat your own hands than exchange cash for an Apple gadget? Vent in the comments below, or over on our Facebook wall.

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