Behind the scenes of iPad launch day

Contrary to what most people would think, even the Apple Store employees don't know inventory levels for tomorrow's iPad launch.

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Contrary to what most people would think, even the Apple Store employees don't know inventory levels for tomorrow's iPad launch. A source gave me a brief rundown of how tomorrow's launch day is expected to play out. The day starts at 5am for most Apple Store employees and doesn't wrap until midnight. That's exhausting enough, but check out the itinerary I cobbled together to get a better look at how exhausting a day it really will be.
  • 5am: arrive at work
  • 5am-7am: delivery of iPads
  • 7am-9am: training
  • 9am on: sell, sell, sell!
From what I've gathered, the iPads should arrive sometime after stores open to employees, and I've been told that there will be a two hour training session, which puts the arrival of the iPads at a bit before 7am. It's crazy that employees won't have a chance to get their hands on the iPad until a couple of hours before the store even opens. I guess that will be enough time to answer the majority of questions or at least learn how to ring up the sale of an iPad. After all, from what I heard, the Apple Store employees won't even know inventory levels until the shipment arrives, so they might not even have that many available to sell. Chances are, though, that the Apple Store will be well stocked, if opening day of the iPhones are any indication.