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The new iPad is displayed during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012. Photo: Reuters

The new iPad is displayed during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012. Photo: Reuters

An Apple employee holds the new iPad during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012.  Photo: Reuters

An Apple employee holds the new iPad during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012. Photo: Reuters

A member of the media take a look at the new iPad in the demo area during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012.  Photo: Reuters

A member of the media take a look at the new iPad in the demo area during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012. Photo: Reuters

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The new iPad is displayed during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012. Photo: Reuters

IRISH iPad fans got their hands on the much anticipated new version of the Apple tablet this morning, with die hard fans of the product even queueing outside stores late last night.

The official launch time for the product was 8am this morning; however three Currys stores got permission from Apple bosses to sell the tablet just after midnight.



Over thirty gadget geeks were outside the Swords store by midnight, waiting to get their hands on the new generation of the tablet – The iPad 3’s retina display is over 4 times better then its predecessor, and even has one million more pixels than an average High definition TV.



A spokesperson for Currys said that over 100 iPads were sold in the late night opening, with most stores closing by 1am. This compares well with London’s Tottenham Court store, where 150 were sold on the launch of the product.



The iPad 3 has sold over three million units since it went on sale earlier this month, helping Apple’s share price soar to over $600 (€450).



The Internet and social networking sites were awash with speculation yesterday that Apple’s launch of their new iPhone, the iPhone 5, is set for the early summer. It is believed Apple has already placed orders for parts for the new phone, with suppliers refusing to comment on the fevered online speculation.