Fans queue for Apple’s iPad mini



Apple fans have been queuing up all over the world to get their hands on the new iPad mini.

Apple fans have been queuing up all over the world to get their hands on the new iPad mini.

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The latest version of the tablet went on sale on Friday in more than 30 countries including the UK, with queues in places such as Tokyo and Singapore. It's already expected to be a top seller, with analysts predicting more than one million will be bought by Apple devotees this weekend alone.

Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said he expects the iPad mini to sell between one and 1.5 million by Sunday. That may sound like a lot, but the third generation iPad sold three million in its first weekend on sale in March as tech lovers the world over clamoured to get their hands on the ultra-hip device.

Hundreds of Apple devotees queued up in Tokyo to be the first to snap up the new WiFi version of the iPad mini. Another version, with 4G connectivity, is due to go on sale later this month. The iPad mini comes complete with stereo speakers plus rear and front-facing cameras, just like later generations of the original.

But a big part of the new tablet's appeal is its lightweight, streamlined look. Weighing just 308g - less than half the weight of the original version - the iPad mini is only 7.2mm thick yet retains the iconic Apple styling. Its 7.9in screen is also slightly smaller than that of the original iPad.

At last month's launch Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said "This isn't just a shrunken down iPad... There's nothing as amazing as this." Unveiling the iPad mini in California, Schiller said the design was an entirely new one - and buyers in Tokyo certainly seemed impressed.

One customer, Ayano, called the device "completely different" from the original iPad. She added: "It is thinner and very light. Look, you can hold it in one hand."