updated 08:00 pm EST, Fri March 11, 2011
San Francisco lineup for iPad 2 swells to 4 blocks
MacNN has received reports that a large lineup is forming outside the San Francisco Apple Store in the downtown district, swelling from an earlier estimate of 140 people (quoted by AppleInsider earlier today) now stretching over four city blocks in length. Sunny weather in the city has allowed customers wanting an iPad 2 to begin the traditional lineup later than their New York City counterparts, where it was still raining earlier in the day following a massive rainstorm Thursday night, with well over 500 people in line nonetheless. Other cities are also reporting long lineups.
Earlier today, the first iPad 2 sold at Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store in New York City went to Hazem Sayed, an iOS app developer who bought the position for $900 from student Amanda Foote. Reports from Boston, Portland, Dallas and Austin (where the SXSW music festival is going on) and other places also confirm queues of hundreds of people, many having waited for hours. Some of the participants have indicated to news reporters that they already own the original iPad or have recently sold it in order to get the new one. Used-market prices for the original iPad are still reasonably high; a quick Craigslist check in various cities showed original iPad sale prices hovering between $400-600 depending on model.
In San Francisco, store staffers greeted crowds with bottled water, fruit, chips and granola bars. The iPad 2 will go on sale March 25 in 25 more countries, including Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Italy and the UK, and lines are expected at Apple dealers in those countries as well. The high demand for first-day iPads may have prompted Apple to extend the wait time for iPad 2s being ordered online. [additional information and images via AppleInsider]