Long Queue for iPad 2 Across Asia

Posted on Friday, Apr 29 2011 on 11:00 AM

The iPad 2 went on sale in many countries across Asia and beyond on Friday as Apple's updated gadget enters a market that is becoming ever more crowded with tablet computers.

Apple's original iPad defined the tablet computer market and was swiftly followed by offerings from the tech industry's main players, from Samsung and Dell to BlackBerry maker RIM and Toshiba.

A late arrival to the tablet party was Sony, who only this week announced its own tablets a full year after the original iPad went on sale.

Now Apple is already fighting round two with a lighter, thinner version of their original gadget.

A long queue snaked around the Apple shop in a major downtown shopping centre with several groups of shoppers loading as many as a dozen iPads onto trolleys.

Shopping mall staff handed out raincoats to soaked Apple fans who had forgotten to bring an umbrella.

"The weather is really terrible, but it's well worth it," Nigel Law, a 19-year-old student, told AFP. "It has been a long time coming -- a little rain is nothing."

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