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iPad seekers queue for first shot at new Apple gadget

iPad seekers queue for first shot at new Apple gadget

Gadget-seekers determined to be among the first to get their hands on an iPad queued outside Apple's flagship shop in Manhattan yesterday ahead of the tablet computer's debut.
About 15 aspiring iPad owners heartened by sunshine and warm spring temperatures had taken up positions outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue by 4:00 p.m. Friday to wait for sales to commence at 9:00 the following morning.
Eleven-year-old Giovanna Mullen said she staked out her place outside the store at 5:00 a.m. Friday with her mother Jeanney Mullen and her grandmother Tony Digiorno.
The girl proudly described herself as the owner of an iPod Touch and said her mother has an iPod and a Macintosh computer, both iconic creations of the California-based computer and electronics giant.
"We brought food, blankets... so the three generations will say they slept together in the streets of New York," Digiorno said.
Like others in the queue, the trio had not pre-ordered iPads so resorted to hours of waiting to get the gadgets.
"I am buying two, for me and for my daughter," said Jeanney, who works in digital publishing, adding the iPad intrigued her.
Newspapers and magazines are eagerly tailoring interactive, digital editions in a hope that the iPad heralds a new way to deliver content and bring in revenue.
"The company knows I am here so the boss asked me to buy one for him," Jeanney said. "But as I cannot buy more than two, my mother will."
An apparent deluge of early online orders indicated the touchscreen slate-style computers will be another big hit for Apple.
Those who ordered iPad devices early should also receive them Saturday.
Demand for iPads has evidently blasted past Apple expectations and the online Apple Store alerted buyers that new orders would not be shipped until April 12 or "late April," depending on the model.
"I am registered to buy an iPad, so I will be among the first," said Richard Goodyear, 36, who had a spot in the queue.
"I have to go back to Germany so I just want to be sure I get it. I am also a blogger, this is the kind of story the bloggers are fascinated with."
Users can watch video, listen to music, play games, write emails, surf the Web or read electronic books on their iPad.
The iPad also runs most of the 150,000 applications made for the iPod music player and the iPhone.
The iPad model featuring Wi-Fi wireless connectivity will be available in Apple's US stores from Saturday and a model offering both Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connectivity in late April.
Apple said both the Wi-Fi and 3G models will be available in other countries later this year.