Friday, March 16, 2012

Big Crowds Gather for the Latest Version of the iPad

new ipad crowd
On Friday, Apple started selling the third version of its tablet computer, which comes outfitted with a faster processor and a so-called Retina display screen, which is four times sharper than its predecessor.

The device debuted as the day began across the globe, first in Tokyo and Australia, and a few other countries, before arriving in the United States at 8 a.m Eastern. Several news outlets have been reporting that throngs of people eager to be among the first to own the new tablet are lining up around the world. Among them was Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, who announced on Twitter that he planned to queue up in Los Angeles to buy his device.
“Starting a line for the new iPad tomorrow,” he wrote on Twitter late last night.

The new iPad, which starts at $499, boasts an avalanche of pixels and a version compatible with LTE, or the fourth-generation wireless network known as long-term evolution.

The crowds, however, seem to be more muted than they were last year for the release of the iPad 2. The reason is mainly because there was no pre-order available for the iPad 2, forcing shoppers to line up at Apple’s retail stores, said Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray.
“We observed 750 people in line at 8 a.m.,” wrote Mr. Munster in a note. “This compares to 1,190 last year at the time of the iPad 2 sale.”
Even so, Mr. Munster said he expected Apple to report that it sold more than a million devices over the weekend.

We will continue to cover the day as it unfolds, live from Bits.

In San Francisco, a steady rain reduced the usual festive spirit among the crowds. Nevertheless, several hundred people were in line before doors opened at 8 a.m. Two protestors stood out in front of the store with a banner decrying labor practices in China, where the devices are made.

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