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Eager users crowd Apple stores worldwide as new iPad goes on sale

Agam Shah | March 19, 2012
As has become a custom with every major Apple product launch, die-hard fans lined up outside the company's retail stores worldwide to purchase the third-generation iPad, called the "new iPad," which went on sale on Friday morning.

There are some features missing in the iPad though. Buyers wanted Apple to include USB ports and the Siri voice interface, which is available on the iPhone 4S.

The new iPad also went on sale in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Canada. It will be available in 25 more countries next week.

The iPad starts at US$499 for the 16GB model and $699 for the 64GB version. With 4G connectivity, the price will be $629 for the 16GB model and $829 for 64GB.

The new tablet's 4G LTE capabilities overshadow the 3G connectivity on previous iPads. The tablet will also work on HSPA, HSPA+, HSDPA and EV-DO networks. Based on carrier support, the device can also be a personal hotspot and share a high-speed network connection with up to five devices. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera and voice dictation features.

(IDG News Service staffers Nick Barber in Boston, Peter Sayer in Paris, Mikael Ricknas in London, Jay Alabaster in Tokyo and Joab Jackson in New York contributed to this story.)


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