Friday, March 16, 2012

Apple’s new iPad 3 Went On Sale Today

The new iPad may not be much different than the previous version, but that didn’t stop thousands of Apple fans in New York from waiting hours in line to be among the first to get it Friday morning.

Apple’s newest tablet went on sale around the world Friday. Large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy were selling the tablet. Wal-Mart even had a limited amount on sale at midnight. But enthusiasts mostly flocked to Apple’s own stores.

The line at the flagship Apple Store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue spanned more than a city block, and fans filled several corridors at the new Grand Central store.

The new iPad release date is March 16, New iPad prices are as follows: 32GBis $599 and 64GB for $699.

Again, Greg Packers of Huntington, N.Y. was the first in line to get an iPad at the Fifth Avenue store. He was the first in line to get the iPhone in 2007, and since then has received sponsorships from various companies to wait in line. He had been waiting since Monday at noon.

Behind him, some people had slept overnight. Those who got in line around 6 a.m. — two hours before the launch — had to wait a block away. Many in line said they already owned Apple’s iPad 2 but still wanted the new device .

The new iPad’s flashiest feature is a high-pixel-count “retina display,” previously available only on the iPhone. The new iPad screen has 3.1 million pixels, one million more than a 1080p high-definition screen of that size would. It also features a faster processor and a 4G radio.

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