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IPad Goes On Sale

March 16, 2012 by staff 

IPad Goes On Sale, On March 16, the day the new iPad goes on sale in the US and nine other nations, an Apple Store employee sells a unit to a customer at the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York. In stores across Asia and Europe, hundreds lined up. The third version of the iPad went on sale there at 8 a.m. local time, with 25 other countries getting it a week later. The new model, at prices starting at $499 in the U.S., comes with a faster processor, a much sharper screen and an improved camera, though the changes aren’t as big as the upgrade to the iPad 2.

“I don’t think it’s worth the price but I guess I’m a victim of society,” Athena May, 21, said in Paris.

About 450 people lined up outside Apple’s Ginza store in downtown Tokyo. Some had spent the night sleeping outside the store. In Madison, Wis., people brought reclining lawn chairs for naps, while a few played games on older iPads.

Dipak Varsani, 21, got in line in London at 1 a.m. Thursday local time and said he was drawn by the new device’s better screen.

“You’ve got clearer movies and clearer games,” he said. “I use it as a multimedia device.”

In Hong Kong, a steady stream of buyers picked up their new devices at preset times at the city’s sole Apple store after entering an online lottery.

The system, which required buyers to have local ID cards, also helped thwart visitors from mainland China – Apple’s fastest growing market – who have a reputation for scooping up Apple gadgets to get them earlier and avoid sales tax at home. It has not yet been announced when the iPad goes on sale in China.

Kelvin Tsui, a 26-year-old hospital worker in Hong Kong, was allowed to buy two and planned to sell the second to make money.

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