John Lewis has announced that you will be able to buy the new iPad from 12.01am on launch day (Friday 16 March) without even having to leave the house.

The announcement, which will no doubt be just about the worse news ever to those queuing outside  the Apple Regent Street, London,  store in the cold right now, means you'll be able to order your iPad from the comfort of your own home - and you'll even get a two-year guarantee to boot.  

"As with all tablets sold at John Lewis, the new iPad will be sold with a two-year guarantee at no extra cost," the UK retailer got in touch with Pocket-lint to let us know.

"The new iPad will also be available from all John Lewis stores from 16 March. Prices start from £399. The iPad 2 starts from £329."

It's not clear, but we presume you will be able to select John Lewis' standard pick up at your local store option, meaning you'll be able to grab it later in the day knowing you've got one secured.  

Apple has sold out of the new iPad online although does have stock in its stores.