Apple iPad Launches Globally

So the iPad has finally gone global and people cannot wait to get their hands on the gadget.

Engadget has posted pictures on their site of huge lines of people just waiting for the local Apple store to open, some lines stretching down block after block.

If you pre-ordered the iPad in the UK, you probably got the gadget yesterday as UPS and TNT drivers were delivering a day early.  Still, hundreds of people were lined up for the release.  At the Apple store in central London, at least 40 people were already lined up by 3:00 a.m. for the 8:00 a.m. opening.  “I queued overnight for about 20 hours since midday yesterday but it was very, very worth it,” Jake Lee, a 17-year-old student from Essex, told AFP as he held his new iPad.  “I wanted the iPad since it was announced, I’m just really excited about it.”

The die hard Apple fans that sat out in the queues (and in nasty rain in the case of those in Frankfurt, Germany) were not there just because the iPad’s popular.  “I’m not a victim of hype,” insisted Audrey Sobgou of Lille, France, who traveled 127 miles to get her iPad in Paris. “I know Apple products and it’s about the quality, the interface, how it’s designed and what it can do. With elegance and style.”

I’m sure we’ll hear a bit later today how many iPads sold at launch, but we do know that over one million were sold in the U.S. in the first 28 days of its launch and continues to sell approximately 200,000 a week.