Australian Apple's fans line up for newly launched iPad

21:05, May 28, 2010      

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Rahul Koduri, who was first through the door, shows his two new iPad's bought at Apple's flagship store in Sydney on May 28. The iPad -- a buttonless tablet computer targeted at the leisure market -- is also going on sale in Japan, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland on May 28 as part of a staggered global roll-out. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
About 230 Australian iPad fans, stretching three city blocks, have been lined up outside Sydney's Apple store on Friday morning to be among the first to purchase the touchscreen tablet computer, iPad.

In Sydney city, the crowd has reached fever pitch as the first customers crossed the threshold at 8 a.m. (AEST), while dozens of employees inside erupted into spontaneous applause to welcome the Apple fanatics.

An Apple spokesman in the Sydney's Central Business District store would not disclose how many iPads were currently available in Australia, but said numbers were limited.

The spokesman said iPads that had been ordered through the Apple website would be delivered from Friday.

Australians can buy one of two models of the iPad: the Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi+3G, which allows for fast cellular phone network access when users were not within range of a Wi-Fi network.

Prices start at 629 Australian dollars (535.8 U.S. dollars) and go up to 1,049 dollars (893.6 U.S. dollars).

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