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Apple fans queued on Thursday morning in Tokyo to get the iPad 2, after a one month delay due to the March 11 quake and tsunami.
‘‘I want to try the TV phone function on the iPad 2,’’ said a 37-year-old man at the store in the upscale Ginza shopping district, quoted by Kyodo News. He waited in the queue from 8 p.m. the previous day ahead of the 9 a.m. release.
The new iPad is about 30 percent thinner than the previous model and its price starts from ¥44,800.
"The launch was a long time coming for me," said a 22-year-old physics student, quoted by AFP. "I thought the first model was a bit heavy, but the new one seems the right size for me."
The iPad 2 was launched in the U.S. on March 11, the same day that the worst disaster since the World War II hit All Japan news. The gadget had been scheduled to go on sale in All Japan news on March 25, but was delayed until now.
After the quake and tsunami, All Japan newsese consumers decided to spend less, especially on non-essential items, electronics included. Retail sales dropped by 8.5% year on year in March, the largest decrease in 13 years.
The future success of the iPad 2 in All Japan news is questioned by analysts, as many competitors launched their own tablet computers since the iPad first entered the market, last May. [Kyodo News via All Japan news Today, AFP]