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Braying hordes of fanbois hungry for new iPads failed to turn up outside Blighty's Apple stores today despite months of rumour, hype and speculation. Although slab shoppers were nonchalant in London, they were positively wet in Scotland. A queue of hundreds swiftly ebbed away outside the fruity tech titan's Regent Street outlet …

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Anonymous Coward

More retailers selling them and the two I ordered (via the Apple Store) turned up separately by Syncreon and then TNT - both drivers said their vans and the other drivers leaving their depots were stacked high with iPads.

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Let's all think different...

... by queueing in single file for hours in the rain to buy an electronic gadget.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Let's all think different...

....till thinking differently means NOT purchasing Apple!

All of these individuals being individual...........

W O W The STUPIDITY of people is off the scale!

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Re: Let's all think different...

Did you even read the article? Turns out very few people actually did that

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Re: Let's all think different...

It said the queue went around two sides of the building so probably a hundred people, all queuing up before the doors open in the rain.

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At least Samsung won't shoot themselves in the foot again slagging off potential customers by ridiculing them for queueing.

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Re : Samsung

"At least Samsung won't shoot themselves in the foot again slagging off potential customers by ridiculing them for queueing."

They're just jealous - I would imagine Samsung customers are not allowed to queue for fear of infringing Apples patent on 'A System And Method Of Managing Customer Units Intending To Purchase A Superfluous Mobile Electronic Device In Any Of A Plurality Of Weather Conditions'.

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Of course

they weren't ridiculing them for queuing per-se, they were ridiculing them for queuing because of Apple hype..

"How will people know it's a 4s, it looks the same as the old one" should have been the clue that it's not about the product it'self, it's about what people THINK of you owning one...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Of course

To the down voter..."Boo Hoo" thats the way it is, sorry! Everyone does it, not just 'cause you own a device that's deemed fisher-price thick and looks so out of date, but also 'cause of the way you look, the colour of your skin, your "fashion", your footy team.....etc......Pick one!

Get over it. Be seen with one, be labeled (usually thick tw t).

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Re: Of course

Why is it only the fandroids who like to decide precisely every thing about a person simply from their choice of phone.

You may label me a thick twat, but Obviously, you are an obnoxious twat.

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Given that one of the biggest new features doesn't work in the UK and probably won't for years to come (LTE), this isn't that much of a surprise.

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Did you not see that Orange (Everything Everywhere?) are being given the chance to launch it this year?

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Yes. I also saw the total poop storm the other operators are kicking up over that announcement and their intention to complain to Ofcom

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Eh?

The iPad 3 still has improved GSM 3G support, including all the more recent HSPA-related acronyms. Some of those are actually being touted in some countries as "4G" too. (Quite legally, I might add. There's no official definition of what "4G" actually means anyway.)

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Sorry fanboys, bad news.

LTE in the iPad3 is not compatible with European LTE, so even if Orange do launch soon, it's not going to ever work on your iPad3...

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/44814/at-t-4g-ipad-not-work-uk

Ouch, that's gotta hurt, makes you look a little fucking stupid I would guess. Still I don't expect your barista friends will know what LTE or 4G is, and you can always pretend it's an iPad2...

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Quick..

Get some PR out that says how many Apple shipped and how it's GPU is a gizillion times quicker than Tegra3 devices blah blah blah...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Quick..

Did your parents used to beat you with an iBook or something?

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Holmes

Like the story goes...

'Then one boy cried out "The Emperor has no clothes on, and the crowd gasped, then one by one they all cried "The Emperor has no clothes on" and they laughed at how foolish they had been'

Nothing wrong with Apple technology (but I wouldn't use it because of the Apple's absolute control of content business model) but maybe people are waking up to the fact the the refresh of an existing product is nothing to get all excited about.

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Re: Like the story goes...

"they laughed at how foolish they had been'"

That's the point where you can tell that the story is a hoax, in real life nobody would have listened to the little boy.

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Re: Like the story goes...

"'Then one boy cried out "The Emperor has no clothes on, and the crowd gasped, then one by one they all cried "The Emperor has no clothes on" and they laughed at how foolish they had been'"

This, from the country that not only worships "reality TV", but played a rather large part in making that genre such a staple of Western entertainment today?

Also, say what you will about Apple, but at least they're up front about their aim: to make a profit. They don't "accidentally" steal your personal data while claiming to be doing "no evil" either.

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Re: Like the story goes...

Google are precisely why I won't buy an Android phone. The phrase "Don't Be Evil" always struck me as honest and genuine as "Ministry of Love".

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I bought one!

Mainly out of surprise, thought I would wait until April and the rush had died down. Then walked past Albion an Apple Reseller on the Strand who had them in stock and no queue. So choice was buy one with no fuss, or walk into Covent Garden and join the Queue, which was 4000+ I was told, easy decision.

Strange Apple said they were doing a lot to get the product out unlike previous launches and now we criticise them because there aren't queues and lots of people are actually getting them. Lets see what the sales numbers look like as I don't think anyone thinks this is a flop launch. As a product its a big improvement for displaying photo's which is my main reason for the iPad, which the 2 didn't massively improve.

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Re: I bought one!

I haven't read any comment in here so far criticising Apple for not having queues. Mostly, people are criticising the people who line up in these queues, and a few wondering if a little bit of common sense is starting to prevail.

So no need to get your knickers in a bunch - nobody's slagging your beloved iPad

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Anonymous Coward

Re: I bought one!

I am!

And to justify your purchase clearly highlights the inner shame burning inside you.

And rightly so, ......purchased for displaying photos..... yeah right! Not clever enough to purchase a digital photo frame, or are you’re going to continue justifying your stupidity with more nonsense reasons as to why a photo frame isn’t sufficient........ PLEASE!

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Re: I bought one!

Christ. Give it rest.

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Re: I bought one!

Fine, I'll give you one reason: show us the "photo frame" that has a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution display with excellent viewing angles. And which can also double as a general-purpose tablet.

No?

Thought not.

You are certainly entitled to your opinions, but we are not obliged in any way to either respect them, or their source.

After all, you're the one who persists in trolling comment threads on Apple-related stories. At least those queuing Apple customers are outside, not sitting in their mother's basement having a smug sneer, while crying inside over your lack of social skills.

If this sort of this is what your entire life has come to, I pity you. Maybe you have Aspergers. Maybe you're just a dickhead. Either way, you're a sorry advert for whichever "cause" you think you're on.

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Re: I bought one!

Were we criticising Apple in this context?

I thought we were criticising the dicks who would queue for up to 4 days so that they could have one a bit earlier than other people.

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2 major reasons

1 - You could pre-order and get it delivered without having to go anywhere (mine arrived at midday...)

2 - 8am. Getting to a queue for a product that goes on sale at 6pm is not a hassle. Getting up at 5am to get there a couple of hours early most certainly is.

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Similar situation in reading

Popped into John Lewis @10am - they had 2 tills set up specifically for iPads. No queue but both tills continuously had punters. 16gb 4g white had already run out. Rest were physically stacked behind the tills 50 odd I reckon. Did the deed for mine and walked out.

Wandered past the reading Apple store 10 mins later no queues about 1/2 the crowd you would expect on a Sat. About 1 punter every 2-3 mins leaving with an iPad.

The staff were cheering them out **shudder**

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Re: Similar situation in reading

"The staff were cheering them out"

There's a reason for not buying from an Apple store.

Or having bought one, walking back in and asking for your money back because they made themselves (and you by association) look a burke.

Or walking back in and smacking one of them. "Honestly, officer, I thought they were taking the piss..."

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Joke

"No, no, first I'll go home, relax and then I'll take it out"

Yes, but what about the iPad?

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Re: "No, no, first I'll go home, relax and then I'll take it out"

haven't heard such a good joke in a while

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Two things I'm not surprised about

1) Barry Shitpeas with a red comment icon (usually FAIL)

2) No queues at the iPad launch.

When there were huge queues for the iPad2 El Reg et al berated Apple for not having enough staff/stock/foresight.

Now they get their act together El Reg et al berate them for being over prepared.

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I would NEVER

queue for ANY product - no matter how good it claims to be.

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Re: I would NEVER

What super market do you go to? It must be amazing!

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Re: I would NEVER

I'll probably be queuing at the chip shop tonight...

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Re: I would NEVER

Don't know about the other poster, but I haven't queued in a super market since they started doing online ordering with home delivery. There again, even when I used to go into super markets it tended to be very late evening in order to avoid most of the mouth breathers and their squealing brats, with the bonus of rarely having to queue at the tills.

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Re: I would NEVER

I live just round the corner from mine (supermarket - and it's *that* one unfortunately) so it's not cost effective to have home delivery. Even going in the evening there are much less staff (if any) manning the tills than there used to be with always a queue at the self service checkout. I also don't tust the staff to properly pick fruit/veg.

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@ Cazzo Enorme : Re: I would NEVER

Wrote : -

"I haven't queued in a super market since they started doing online ordering with home delivery"

Tried that.

The fruit and vegetables you get are the inferior ones that customers on-the-spot would leave.

If you chose something that is on offer and they [claim to] have run out of that line, they substitute an "equivalent" that will be dearer, and maybe one you simply don't prefer.

Then they can simply cock-up the order. Once I got six big cabbages which I certainly did not order - I hate cabbage.

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Re: @ Cazzo Enorme : I would NEVER

> The fruit and vegetables you get are the inferior ones that customers on-the-spot would leave.

This is what the Distance Selling Regulations are for.

If you don't like what they deliver - you ring up and complain. They refund those items.

They are technically entitled to send the van back round to collect them - but they haven't done that to me yet.

> If you chose something that is on offer and they [claim to] have

> run out of that line, they substitute an "equivalent"

You can tell them to send no substitutes. But if you haven't - you can reject them on delivery.

> Then they can simply cock-up the order. Once I got six big

> cabbages which I certainly did not order - I hate cabbage.

Ring up. Complain. Get a refund.

I had a problem with Sainsbury's for a while - they changed their policy such that anything that was in-date when delivered was considered acceptable - even if it would be out-of-date within a couple of hours. I got lots of refunds. I suspect a lot of other people did too, because that policy didn't last very long...

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Have you noticed...

The people pictured at the front of the queues look exactly like the kind of person you would expect to see at the front of the queues.

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I find it amusing...

... that The New iPad doesn't seem to have as many people desperate for one as the Raspberry Pi :-)

I think if I was going to buy one (which I'm not, not interested in any tablet) I'd probably just buy the discounted iPad 2.

Surprisingly I haven't seen any updated from my Apple owning friends about buying the new iPad either, and they always buy the latest Apple stuff when it comes out.

Rob

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Re: I find it amusing...

The Raspberry Pi’s initial run was 10,000 units. I have an inkling Apple may have sold a few more ‘The New’ iPads than that

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Re: I find it amusing...

But which one has the greater geek/technophile cachet?

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"One bloke, who had waited for five hours from 3am for the doors to open, decided to hang around the shop for a while afterwards rather than race home with his new slab. He hadn't tried his iPad yet, adding: "No, no, first I'll go home, relax and then I'll take it out." "

What? You sat about in the cold since 3am, for what? To socialise with the staff? Can't you get any real friends of your own (don't answer that)? There are going to be people who arrived at 9am who are going to have used the thing before you!

The dictionary definition of sad has just got a new example.

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For the sake of decency, El Reg edited his response. In full it reads:

"No, no, I only get the chance to feel this urge once in a while, so I plan on delaying gratification. First I'll go home, relax and then I'll take it out, stroke it for a while, before rinsing it under a tap and putting it away till next year."

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@ Steve Evans

He is sad for queing since 3am, but maybe he hung around because he does not get to see inside a store like thet very often, so wanted to look at their other stuff.

I tend to browse around tech stores (Maplin, Jessops, PC World - not that I'd buy from PC World) to see what new kit is around. I even browsed round an Apple store once - I'd never buy their stuff but wanted to see what the hype was about.

As for possibly opening a box in the store - what sort of idiot does that? Maybe dropping guarantee cards, instructions and little accessory bits all over the floor. I open all my buys at home, and carefully keep the packaging too, in case I need to return under guarantee

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proof, money doesn't buy taste

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Re: meh

Go and speak to him next time he's "whoring" then you'll understand... and feel a bit small.

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