The iPad 2 finally hit Aussie shores today, with online orders opening at 1am and queues forming as Apple retail stores and resellers prepare to open their doors at 5pm.
Around the country stores are expecting to attract large numbers of Apple fans. Earlier this morning we saw a queue 30m long –and growing – at the Apple Store at Chadstone, Melbourne, and had reports of growing numbers in Newcastle and Sydney.
Insiders at one Apple store have told Australian Macworld that all customers who line up today “will be able to experience the new iPad”, which means that the stores could remain open later than usual to make sure everyone is served.
Below are some images of the 200+ queue forming in Sydney
Images by Beau Giles via Flickr
The iPad 2 is faster and lighter than the original iPad and includes a whole host of new and improved features, including: Dual-core A5 chip, FaceTime, iPad Smart Cover, iOS 4, LED backlit display and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options.
Update: the iPad 2 is now available in Apple stores and reseller across the country.
Australian Macworld’s Editor Dave Bullard and Business Development Manager Tara Brady are at the Apple Store at Chadstone, amongst a 500-strong crowd of Apple fans, some waiting up to 27 hours to buy the iPad 2!
Here are some images at the scene