NEW YORK CITY--Maybe it's the unseasonably warm weather, or maybe it's just the appeal of surfing the Web from your iPad anywhere at anytime--but there are people lined up outside of Apple retail outlets waiting to buy the new iPad 3G.
For the Wi-Fi version of the iPad released on Saturday, April 3, the early morning lines were long (even if the crowds thinned quickly) and most everyone waiting for a system was able to buy one on launch day. This time around, the launch window has been moved to 5 p.m. EST on a Friday, and we weren't sure how much of a crowd would gather for this more-expensive version of the tablet.
We checked two locations in New York. First, at a Best Buy store in Union Square (interestingly housed in the same location as the late Circuit City), an on-site Apple rep told us that as of an hour before launch, a handful of customers had filtered through Best Buy's dedicated Apple section during the day asking if they could buy the 3G iPad yet, but no line or crowd had formed.
Across town at the Apple store at Broadway and 67th Street, our colleague Scott Stein found a sizable but fast-moving line, telling us that the first person in line had been there since noon. He reports that the line, "extended all the way to Amsterdam, but the end of the line is already close to going in. Not bad at all."
Check out the photos below to see the 5 p.m. line at the Upper West Side Apple store.