Select premium Apple resellers have been told they will be stocking the hugely successful iPad while others wait anxiously to find out.
Mac Centre Norwood director, John Peart, said he'd signed paperwork that suggested units would ship to resellers on the May 28 launch date.
“Because we’re a premium reseller we’ll definitely be getting the iPad but beyond that I can’t tell you anything at this stage,” he said. “As far as I’m aware it’s available to all premium resellers.
“I think there are a few second tier resellers that are waiting to hear and I believe Simms International is hopeful it's going to get units.”
Peart predicted he would stock the Wi-Fi version of the device and telcos would have access to the 3G model.
“That’ll be the way they differentiate between the two. But I could be totally wrong,” Peart said.
An Apple spokesperson confirmed selected resellers would have access to the device, but warned not to assume all premium partners would be allowed to sell it.
“We’ll probably announce the resellers around [May 28], but I have no idea when the exact dates will be,” the spokesperson said.
ZeroThree founder, Darren Froggatt, said he didn’t think he would get stock.
“At first, it seems all models will be sold through the Apple Online Store and Apple retail presence only,” he said. “Speaking with Apple this morning, there is little information as to who will be able to stock it.
“We’re a very high volume Apple reseller and have been for many years. We don’t know whether the scope of selected Apple resellers will step outside the premium reseller channel or not."
Froggatt said he couldn’t see any reason why dealers couldn’t stock and service the Wi-Fi version of the iPad because it was essentially a bigger version of the iPod Touch.
“We’ve got a huge database of many people who want to buy their iPads from us,” he said. “We've been trialling an iPad for some time now [to provide] full and comprehensive support.”
An employee at Sydney-based reseller, Mac & Me, said the reseller would definitely be selling the device but was waiting to hear back from Apple about how many iPads would be shipped through and when.
Simms International had not commented at the time of going to press.