Crowds gather at Apple Stores to buy new iPad

As usual, crowds of people lined up at Apple Stores around the world this morning, eager to buy the new iPad. About 750 people were lined up at the Apple Store on Fifth Ave. in New York City, though that was smaller than the 1,200 last year. If the crowds were smaller this year, it may have been due to the 8 am time as opposed to 5 pm last year. Also, this year it was possible to pre-order the iPad, unlike last year. And it's not just the waiting crowds that were excited about the new iPad. iMore has a video of the crowd of Apple employees as they whoop it up and head to the the store in Miami just prior to opening. Yahoo News reports on crowds worldwide, including Paris and London. A post on AppleInsider said that market analyst Gene Munster expects Apple to sell over 1 million iPads today, which would be a record for one-day sales. And he expects Apple to sell 60 million iPads this year.

Also, AppleInsider has also posted a video of the New York City lineup.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.