Long Lines Await International iPad Seekers [UPDATED]

In nine countries around the world, the iPad made its official debut, and unlike the relatively short lines here in the US, most reports are showing long lines as people hope to get their hands on Apple’s magical tablet. In some cases, Apple opened their doors an hour early to help control the situation. That could have simply been a result of Apple running out of Smart Water to handout.

Australia
There were plenty of eager shoppers in Australia, more than in Canada, but the reports were showing slightly smaller lines than in the UK. Australians had an additional treat, as Apple opened a brand new store today at Bondi Junction.

Canada
Canada is reporting a “small crowd,” and a noticeable lack of diehard fans dressed up as Apple devices or wearing homemade Apple jewelry. Some of the people lined up already own a Wi-Fi only model they picked up from their southern neighbor, which could explain why the lines in Canada are not as long as elsewhere.

Germany
Munich and Frankfurt are both reporting lines in the hundreds, and have claimed that German fans are the most enthusiastic and exciting. We have yet to confirm these allegations.

Italy
Lines in Italy were reported in the hundreds at almost all of the Apple stores.


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Japan
Everything we’ve been hearing indicates that Japan was the most excited about the iPad, with one line in Tokyo growing to over 1,000 people and people lining up days in advanced.

 

Spain
The lines in Spain seem to equal the crowds in the UK, and from the video floating around on YouTube, the iPad seekers were much more excited than anything we saw here in the US. Lines in Italy were reported to have started the day before launch.

UK
Lines, er “queues,” at the UK stores are reported to be totaling up to “several hundred” people waiting for an iPad. Some people showed up more than 24 hours before the store’s opening, though the majority of people didn’t start gathering until 6:00 this morning. It was confirmed Apple was handing out water to the early visitors.


(Photo courtesy of The Register)

We have no information yet on Switzerland or France, but we will update this as soon as we get more details.

 

Update:

Wayne sent us in a tip that the lines in Switzerland are over 100 meters long with some people having waited up to 12 hours, according to the Tages Anzeiger paper.

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