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Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

11:20 AM -- It was difficult to say just how many people there were waiting for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s new iPad this rainy Friday morning in New York City.

People were lined up down the block in the early morning at the 14th Street Apple store to pick up the latest iPad. With Wi-Fi only as a connectivity option, it's tough to say how popular the Long Term Evolution (LTE) models will be.

One Apple customer, Andrew, was waiting in line for two 32GB models with LTE. And why did he pick the $729 tablets? "It's the latest one," he told me, shrugging slightly.

Click on the photo below to see the NYC crowds gathering for Apple's new iPad:



Whatever the reason for wanting a new iPad, Apple fans are still a hardy bunch. People started waiting at the store at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:39:12 PM
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Chatting to other editors, friends etc. it seems that 14th Street in NYC may have seen some of the biggest crowds for the launch. There may be a simple explanation for this: The SoHo store on Prince Street is closed for refurbs, so downtowners had to go to 14th Street or hike further uptown.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:39:10 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

Wow, I just noticed Sarah's story has an even better quote.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:39:10 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

"It's the latest one," he told me, shrugging slightly.


You know... that pretty much says it all.


The water bottles in pic #4 ... were those given out free? or was it premium iWater from the store?


 

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:39:10 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

Yeah, I think so, they had free coffee out there too, it was a chilly morning despite the warm winter we've been having.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:39:09 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

I was surprised how many people came without any idea what carrier they'd get. Verizon had the advantage then because it's people came over from their store to explain why they're better. Apple employees seemed to be leaning toward Verizon too.

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 5:39:08 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

I did like the photo accompanying this latest bit of Apple watching. Not exactly a tough day for crowd control.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:39:08 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

 


I would not underestimate Snooki!  Look at her capabilities.  Then note, that she is famous and gets paid for it.  Sorta like Madonna meets Courtney Love meets Heidi Fleiss.


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sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:39:08 PM
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The iPad has a lot more intelligence than Snooki. 

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 5:39:08 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

iPad : LR :: Snooki : CNN .

desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 5:39:06 PM
re: Apple's New LTE iPad Draws Crowds in NYC

And why did he pick the $729 tablets? "It's the latest one," he told me, shrugging slightly.



Hmm.  Is he of the 1% or the 99%?


The Occupy folks need the latest iPads too.  How else are they protest Foxconn's labor and environmental practices?


-desi

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