iPad Gripping the Globe Friday... Again
Apple fever - perhaps, more specifically, iPad fever - is gripping the globe this weekend as Friday brought with it the release of Apple's popular tablet in a number of new markets, one of which is the largest population in the world.
Despite reports of inclement weather, long lines were common throughout China early Friday morning, as the Wi-Fi iPad hit Apple Stores and select authorized retailers for the first time. In addition, China Unicom initiated a pre-order program for the iPhone 4 on Friday morning. Just as "Apple-mania" has been seen elsewhere in foreign lands for the launch of a new Apple product, the scene was very much a familiar one today in China.
But China wasn't alone. The dawn of September 17th also brought the arrival of the iPad in five new Latin American countries, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. All models of the iPad are available in those locations and will be distributed by Apple authorized resellers. Yet, just as the iPad's growth abroad continues, the tablet's expansion is far from muted back in the US.
In addition to news that the iPad will soon (as in September 26th) be carried in all of Best Buy's 1,093 U.S. stores
, there are rumors suggesting that both Target and Walmart will also stock the iPad before the holiday shopping season begins in full.
Sydney Morning Herald