Latest Tech news

New iPad 3 on sale draws crowds to London Apple stores - some queue five days for tablet

08:12 16 March 2012

The first person in the queue for the new iPad 3, Zohaib Ali, from Uxbridge, who has queued since 11am on March 10, sits outside the Apple Store on Regent Street in London

The first person in the queue for the new iPad 3, Zohaib Ali, from Uxbridge, who has queued since 11am on March 10, sits outside the Apple Store on Regent Street in London

Apple fans in London – some who have spent days sleeping in the street – have got their hands on the third iPad today.

Zohaib Ali, 21, from Uxbridge, north-west London, was first in line outside the flagship Apple store in Regent Street after queuing for five days.

“The iPad is the best product of the year and there won’t be any more until 2013 so I am happy to queue. I love Apple products,” he said.

Mr Ali has autism and his mother, Rahat Ali, believes Apple products have helped him overcome his disability.

She said: “Apple products are very good for autism. They are very easy to use and he is relaxed when he is using them. Usually he doesn’t want to go out in a crowd but he is very happy queuing here.”

The tablet computer, which has a higher resolution screen than previous models and a five megapixel camera with auto focus and auto exposure, ranges in price from £399 to £659.

Despite competition from cheaper rivals the iPad remains the most popular tablet computer. Apple has sold more than 55 million iPads since its launch in 2010, including 40 million last year.

Mr Ali’s friend, Ali Tarighi, 18, from Acton, west London, has been queuing with him since Saturday morning. He said of the new iPad: “I wanted to be one of the first to get my hands on it really.”

He added: “It can be hard at times, especially at nights. It gets really cold but it’s going to feel great when I hold the iPad up in triumph.”

Those waiting were handed free food and drink by companies they had contacted through Twitter.

Harry Barrington-Mountford, 22, from Upminster, north-east London, queued to buy the iPad 2 with his girlfriend Fenella Barnes, 30, and decided to queue again for the newest model.

“We had such a great time queuing last time that we decided to do it again,” he said.

“People always stop to talk to us. I am exhausted though, I have only had about 45 minutes of sleep.”

Miss Barnes is not intending to buy an iPad for herself but is queuing up to buy one for a friend. She said: “I have been tempted to get one but I haven’t been tempted enough. If I had a spare £500 then maybe I would consider it!”

Noah Green, a 16-year-old student from Stanmore, north-west London, had been fourth in the queue but was paid £300 to move back in the line. He said: “It is worth it. I am still 18th in the queue so I will be one of the first to buy an iPad. I am going to sell it though and earn some money.”

The new iPad also has “voice dictation” which allows people to dictate straight to their computer rather than type.

Apple said the “retina display” which uses 3.1 million pixels on the 9.7in display screen, would have “the highest resolution display ever on a mobile device”.

Another feature is a high-speed 4G wireless network which will allow users to download pictures and films quicker than before, but which is not available in the UK yet.

The computer is widely expected to sell out, but Nate Lanxon, editor of technology site Wired.co.uk, said some savvy shoppers would not spend their money yet.

He said: “On day one there is less reason to invest in one than three or four months down the line when the developers have got to grips with it and you can see what apps they have built for it.”

OUR TECHNOLOGY CONTENT PARTNERS

AlphrKnow Your Mobile

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest technology news

Monday, June 29, 2015
Running shoes: scientific-sounding buzzwords and eye-catching, high-tech materials

Can running-shoe technology really make you faster? We cut through the buzz around running tech

Thursday, June 25, 2015
I can hear you...

Hackers gaining access to all the data on your smartphone may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but how would you feel if they also had access to your phone’s camera and microphone?

Monday, June 22, 2015
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

If you’ve been looking to replace your battered old Kindle, then now may finally be the time. Amazon has just announced a revised Kindle Paperwhite just in time for summer. The exterior is essentially identical to previous models, but the screen has had a major upgrade.

Friday, June 19, 2015
Samsung A3

For too long now, if you wanted a really smart-looking smartphone you had to opt for one of the high-end models – such as the iPhone 6 or new Samsung Galaxy S6. The problem with such phones is that they keep getting bigger, putting a strain on our hands and pockets.

Friday, June 19, 2015
Photo luminescent surfaces

Imagine a future where self-driving cars, intelligent traffic lights and solar-powered roads are everywhere - and it’s not science fiction

Friday, June 19, 2015
DirectX 12 - Worth waiting for

Thinking of upgrading your current machine or building a new pc?

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more