Apple fans snap up new iPad
Just before the worldwide rollout began, New York-traded shares in the company shot above $600 for the first time, as investors looked to cash in on the anticipated success of the latest "must-have" device.
Following Sydney's lead, more than 450 people queued outside the Apple flagship store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district to be among the first to get their hands on the new iPad.
The latest version boosts a more powerful processor, increasing pressure on competitors including Google to make devices more enticing.
Check out our photo gallery collection of the crowds and excitement for the sale of the latest Apple product.
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