The new iPad
Apple's 3rd generation iPad will be available at Wal-Mart at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. Reuters

If you are eager to get your hands on Apple's third-generation iPad, forget about joining long lines or waiting until retail stores open at 8 a.m. on Friday. Wal-Mart will open its doors at 12:01 a.m. on Friday to shoppers who want to snag the new iPad, according to Cnet.

This eight-hour lead on Apple retail store sales will be available at 24-hour Wal-Mart stores and supplies are, as you would expect, limited. Wal-Mart locations that aren't 24 hours will start selling the iPad at their normal business hours, the report noted.

Sarah Spencer, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, told Cnet the variety of storage capacities for the iPad will vary by store.

Reports are that Wal-Mart announced that it will have the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the new iPad in black or white for $499.

Besides being sold at Apple stores, the new iPad will be available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target, and at wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon.

There will be two different models of the new iPad sold. There will be a Wi-Fi only version and another capable of using with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE technology. The new iPad will have improvements to the front and rear cameras, a 2048 x 1536, 3.1 million pixel display, A5X quad-core processor, and1080p video recording to name a few.

If you have $499 you can snag the 16GB while the 32GB goes for $599 and the 64GB for $699.

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