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The launch of Apple's new iPad has once again drawn massive crowds and a blitz of media attention as customers — including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — queued up to buy the third-generation device.

Sales of the new iPad are to occur at 8 a.m. local time in 10 countries. They first began in Australia, and the launches have continued across the globe as the clock has rolled over to March 16.

At Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City, the massive line waiting on Friday morning for the 8 a.m. sale of the new iPad was so long, it wrapped all the way up W 58th Street.

The line has grown significantly since Wednesday, when the first customer began to wait outside Apple's iconic glass cube in New York.

AppleInsider reader Ryan was on location Friday morning, and sent the photos included below. He has been at numerous product launches at Apple's Fifth Avenue store, and remarked that he has "never seen so much press" when compared to Friday's iPad launch.


Customers line up outside Apple's Fifth Ave store in New York City. Photos credited to Ryan.






In addition to customers, Friday's launch drew a huge media presence.





And in Boston on Boylston Street, a line of about 100 people wrapped around the corner Friday morning. Apple employees handed out coffee to people in line and local TV crews were present, according to AppleInsider reader Roy.

"They are managing the line to keep entrances to nearby businesses clear, so they've actually broken down the queue into 3 segments so far with a line security guard between each segment," he explained.


About 100 customers wait outside the Apple Store on Boston's Boylston Street. Photo credited to Roy.


At Westfield Mall in Century City, Calif., Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was spotted waiting in line to get his hands on a new iPad. Wozniak explained he is in L.A., rather than San Francisco, because he is to give a keynote speech at the Apple Investor Summit.

"It's just sort of like it's become a ritual, almost," Wozniak explained of waiting in line for the new iPad. "Because I've done it so many times, I'm doing it again. It's not something that you have to do. I mean, no nobody has to wait in line. You can pre-order."



When asked if he could get a pre-release iPad direct from Apple, Wozniak said he wouldn't want to do that. Instead, he said, he'd rather be "genuine, like the real people."

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It will be insane. Definitely there will be complaints about the weight. It feels heavier than the iPad2 (and it is). Surprisingly if you have iPad2 and new iPad in each hand, you don't really feel the difference.

Anyway, proceed with the insanity. Carry on.
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Samsung would kill for lineups like these.
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Samsung would kill for lineups like these.

Hell, Ford, GM, MicroSoft, ME (DBS Designs by Skip, LLC), would kill to have lineups like these

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any lineups at the Grand Central Station?, or to they allow them?... that place is massive!!! (Grand Central Station)
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Steve Wozniak - Apple co-founder - lines up for hours with 'the people' to get his iPad?

Oh man, that is fantastic!!!

What an inspiration and an exemplary attitude for eschewing favouritism and nepotism.
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Samsung would kill for lineups like these.

Yet they make ads mocking this. I'd liked to see someone make a parody of a Samsung ad showing no line ...
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Steve Wozniak - Apple co-founder - lines up for hours with 'the people' to get his iPad?

Oh man, that is fantastic!!!

What an inspiration and an exemplary attitude for eschewing favouritism and nepotism.

Or, more likely, the opportunity cost of his time is very low.
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Any info on the Italian Pre-Order date? \
I want to buy my own from Italy!!!
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Surly those Samsung ads frightened people away from standing in line for yet another Apple product? Right? I would love to see a statement from Samsung today.
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Yet they make ads mocking this. I'd liked to see someone make a parody of a Samsung ad showing no line ...

Now THAT is a GREAT idea. Someone get on that one!
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I can't wrap my head around Woz waiting in line all night for an Apple product. I assume he could probably have been giving some early access if he wanted so this seems to be focused around publicity. Maybe he enjoys the waiting but my distaste for waiting can't let me see past how one could find it enjoyable even when they don't have to.


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Yet they make ads mocking this. I'd liked to see someone make a parody of a Samsung ad showing no line ...

Samsung offers the very best in sour grape marketing techniques.

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Or, more likely, the opportunity cost of his time is very low.

Steve Wozniak would laugh at the very concept of "opportunity cost of time".

Your time is worth precisely nothing.


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I can't wrap my head around Woz waiting in line all night for an Apple product. I assume he could probably have been giving some early access if he wanted so this seems to be focused around publicity. Maybe he enjoys the waiting but my distaste for waiting can't let me see past how one could find it enjoyable even when they don't have to.

I think he just enjoys the social aspect of it. Has to provide him with a great deal of satisfaction that, when you get right down to it, all of this is happening because of him.
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Steve Wozniak - Apple co-founder - lines up for hours with 'the people' to get his iPad?

Oh man, that is fantastic!!!

What an inspiration and an exemplary attitude for eschewing favouritism and nepotism.

Love it
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I can't wrap my head around Woz waiting in line all night for an Apple product. I assume he could probably have been giving some early access if he wanted so this seems to be focused around publicity. Maybe he enjoys the waiting but my distaste for waiting can't let me see past how one could find it enjoyable even when they don't have to.




Samsung offers the very best in sour grape marketing techniques.

Showing respect to the genius of the product and to Steve.
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I think he just enjoys the social aspect of it. Has to provide him with a great deal of satisfaction that, when you get right down to it, all of this is happening because of him.

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Showing respect to the genius of the product and to Steve.

Then I really am an anti-queuite because that it not how I'd want to spend my time or show respect to a company I founded.

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That just doesnt happen with any product from any other company. It's world-wide too! I saw the line outside the sydney store in some YouTube video and it was insanity!

I'm waiting for fed-ex. Mine departed Newark last night and I'm only half hour west! Is there an "impatient" smiley?
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Woz is Woz. Woz is what Woz does.

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Then I really am an antiqueuite because that it not how I'd want to spend my time or show respect to a company I founded.
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Samsung offers the very best in sour grape marketing techniques.

They're not ALL bad, they do also offer the best in displays.
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Off topic: Here is a more accurate and detailed FedEx tracking page:

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Hello, I am the press. I have to write down everything that happens. What a retarded job.
Oops, I injected my politics in to my writing again, funny how I always do that.
Oops, I loved the sound of my own voice again, sorry.

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Steve Wozniak - Apple co-founder - lines up for hours with 'the people' to get his iPad?

Oh man, that is fantastic!!!

What an inspiration and an exemplary attitude for eschewing favouritism and nepotism.

After the public display of camaraderie with the Nexus guys, Woz probably should make amends...
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They're not ALL bad, they do also offer the best in displays.

I don't see any evidence of that in their products. Super AMOLED+ isn't exactly winning on any accuracy fronts. From what I can tell Apple's IPS Retina Displays have been designed by LG with Samung being the manufacturer. That doesn't make them Samsung displays unless we start calling everythign that comes from a certain factory a Foxconn product.

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This isn't the works of Apple fanfare but the quality of the product Apple created.

The "Woz", another legend in Apple's history... I like how real and down to earth this man is.
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Then I really am an anti-queuite because that it not how I'd want to spend my time or show respect to a company I founded.

I think its more a showing of respect to the customers that have sent said company into the stratosphere.
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Woz is Woz. Woz is what Woz does.

The man is unique, for sure. Its kinda cute but it is also kinda... weird. I would understand that he goes to conventions and such, mingling with the 'normal people', but spending the night with a handful strangers sleeping on the sidewalk seems a little masochistic imo, He really is the übergeek.
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He was portrayed as sort of a kid in Isaacson's book. He definitely seems to have retained that innocence.

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The man is unique, for sure. Its kinda cute but it is also kinda... weird. I would understand that he goes to conventions and such, mingling with the 'normal people', but spending the night with a handful strangers sleeping on the sidewalk seems a little masochistic imo, He really is the übergeek.
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The man is unique, for sure. Its kinda cute but it is also kinda... weird. I would understand that he goes to conventions and such, mingling with the 'normal people', but spending the night with a handful strangers sleeping on the sidewalk seems a little masochistic imo, He really is the übergeek.

I agree with this. He seems like a nice, genuine fella, but I can't even begin to understand where he's coming from with wanting to stand outside. And being weird isn't a bad thing it's just an unusual thing. Perhaps the world would be a better place with more Woz's and less Jobs's.

If I could have gotten a pre-release iPad I would have taken it. Hell, I kind of want to become a successful tech blogger just so I can get pre-release HW.

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I don't see any evidence of that in their products. Super AMOLED+ isn't exactly winning on any accuracy fronts. From what I can tell Apple's IPS Retina Displays have been designed by LG with Samung being the manufacturer. That doesn't make them Samsung displays unless we start calling everythign that comes from a certain factory a Foxconn product.

So they make a display designed by a competing company for a tablet by another competing company?

Gotta make money somehow, right? Because they're not making much with their tablet offering.
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Steve Wozniak - Apple co-founder - lines up for hours with 'the people' to get his iPad?

Oh man, that is fantastic!!!

What an inspiration and an exemplary attitude for eschewing favouritism and nepotism.

I think you mis-spelled "what a swelled head that he thinks anyone else cares how he spends his time".
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post #32 of 70
Arrived at Walmart last night at 10 pm for the midnight launch there. A tame croud and was about 8th in line and got my Black 32 GB Wifi model. A little tired but glad I have it in hand.
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I think you mis-spelled "what a swelled head that he thinks anyone else cares how he spends his time".

Eh? Do you reckon Woz arranged to be interviewed while in the queue? Or am I just naive?
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I can't wrap my head around Woz waiting in line all night for an Apple product. I assume he could probably have been giving some early access if he wanted so this seems to be focused around publicity. Maybe he enjoys the waiting but my distaste for waiting can't let me see past how one could find it enjoyable even when they don't have to.

I don't really get it either. I once queue'd for the London store opening, since then I have no idea why I did. It was basically just standing in the freezing cold for hours followed by seeing a shop that looked the same as pictures of other shops.

I ordered by iPad the day it came out and it should come this evening. I'm not sure having it a few hours earlier is worth standing outside for hours and using up a days holiday.

Some people obviously like it though.
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Eh? Do you reckon Woz arranged to be interviewed while in the queue? Or am I just naive?

I really doubt he arranged it. Otherwise, he would have arranged for someone more important to interview him. I would imagine that someone else in the line tweeted that Woz was there at the Apple Store. Someone from this site saw it on twitter and went out with a low budget camera and question girl. It's only semi-professional quality at best.
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Originally Posted by Techboy View Post

This isn't the works of Apple fanfare but the quality of the product Apple created.

You've got it all wrong. This is the fruit of clever marketing.
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I think you mis-spelled "what a swelled head that he thinks anyone else cares how he spends his time".

Of course, you could say the same for any user of Twitter or Facebook.
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Stock seems to be far better this time around, popped into the local Apple Store in Cardiff and picked my new 32gb iPad up no problems. The local Curry's have stock too.

Nice to be able to get a new Apple product easisly for a change.
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post #39 of 70
I happen to believe those are Apple employees disguised as customers.
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Your time is worth precisely nothing.

Says the man posting in response to someone whose time is worth nothing...... ah, the irony!
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