The third generation iPad is officially here, and fans all over the world braved the early morning today to wait in line and get their hands on the new tablet.
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Line lengths varies around the world. More than 400 shoppers waited outside an Apple store in China, while more than 200 would-be owners stood in line outside an Apple store in Boston. Still others claimed to only have waited just 10 minutes, or not at all, for the clock to strike 8 am local time and the doors to open.
Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak waited in line to grab the new iPad. He didn't have to, of course -- the company habitually offers him any new device he wants. But as he explained to What's Trending, he's fond of the "real-world" experience that comes with owning a new device.
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"More than anything else, it's just sort of like it's become a ritual, almost. Because I've done it so many times, I'm doing it again…I'd rather be in there and be genuine like the real people," he said.
Clearly, both sleep and money were sacrificed in droves. But here's the question: Is the third-generation iPad really worth the lines and the buzz?
Mashable's Christina Warren joined the crowds to survey the HD tablet herself. A "drool-worthy" display and an amazingly fast 4G LTE network are just some of the first impressions she noted for the new device.
The iPad's sharp camera was another prominent feature. Comparing it side-by-side with the iPad 2, its superiority was undeniable.
So, what do you think of the new iPad? Was it worth the wait and the hype? Let us know in the comments.
BONUS: The View From the iPad Line [PICS]
The View From the iPad Line
Mashable reader Rafael Savino shows off the view from 2nd in line in Houston.
This story originally published on Mashable here.