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Hundreds of fans queue for new iPad

Hundreds of people gathered in London so they could be among the first to get their hands on Apple's latest iPad.

Gadget fans queued for days on Regent Street and for more than 31 hours outside Apple's flagship store in Covent Garden so they could purchase the third version of the tablet computer.

Jubilant fans emerged from the Covent Garden store included Dipak Varsani, who was first in the queue.

The 21-year-old student, from Neasden, north-west London, started queuing at 1am on Thursday.

He said: "I am very excited, I have been following this since it was announced, all the rumours and everything. Being able to finally have it in my hand is really an experience. It is better than the other iPads because of the HD resolution - you've got clearer movies and clearer games - I use it as a multimedia device."

The latest model, which has a higher resolution screen than previous models and a five megapixel camera with auto focus and auto exposure, ranges in price from 399 to 659.

Despite competition from cheaper rivals the iPad remains the most popular tablet computer. Apple has sold more than 55 million iPads since its launch in 2010, including 40 million last year.

The new iPad also has "voice dictation" which allows people to dictate straight to their computer rather than type. Apple said the "retina display", which uses 3.1 million pixels on the 9.7in display screen, would have "the highest resolution display ever on a mobile device".

Another feature is a high-speed 4G wireless network which will allow users to download pictures and films quicker than before, but which is not available in the UK yet.

David Phelan, gadgets editor for Time Out, said the latest model is the "biggest upgrade so far" and addressed the "shortcomings" of previous models by upgrading the camera, adding: "It was already very good for high definition video but now it's good for stills as well."

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