10 days time waiting finnally is over, and many the new iPad fans all over the world has get the resolutionary iPads, At Apple’s glass-walled store in Sydney’s George Street, employees in blue T-shirts cheered and counted down the seconds until doors opened at 8 am, as a line of at least 200 people snaked around three sides of the city block. Two hours later, iPad sales began at Softbank Corp.’s Ginza store in Tokyo.
The new iPad, unveiled by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook March 7, is the biggest upgrade yet to Apple’s tablet before Microsoft Corp. introduces new software that will run on competing devices. Generating demand with the model is important to Apple so it can fend off competition from devices that use Google’s Android operating system and the $199 Kindle Fire from Amazon that’s popular among cost-conscious buyers.
After debuting today in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, the device is scheduled to go on sale in France, Germany, the UK, Canada and the US.
Australia become the first country to sell the new iPad as operator Telstra opened its doors in Sydney and Melbourne just after midnight to begin sales some eight hours before Apple, according to Reuters.
However, while reports suggest that just “dozens” queued up for early access with Telstra, demand at Apple Stores was greater, with the line of customers in Sydney having reportedly “snaked around a city block”.
Japan is selling the iPad through just one retail outlet which is, on early appearances, serving up greater demand. Indeed, such was the anticipation that a number of die-hard Apple fans began waiting in line late Wednesday evening, some 36 hours before launch.
This morning, the queues outside the Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo, were estimated at 400 people, according to CNN correspondent Kyung Lah.
Unlike Australia, it seems that Japan buyers had to wait until the 8:00 am opening time, with the Apple Store the only place selling the device.
Singapore was, on paper, the third market to get the device but M1 beat Japan to selling the new iPad. The operator held a midnight launch event at its store in the Orchard Road shopping district, as CNET Asia reports.
Some customers were reported to have queued for as long as 12 hours to get the device, which also went on sale at the country’s Apple Store at 8:00 am.
The launch in Singapore — which once had the world’s highest ratio of iOS devices to people — was the most hectic, as M1 used the same midnight opening strategy that had served it well for its iPhone 4S launch.