Saturday 20 January 2018

Lucky fans first past the post in race for iPad2

Allison Bray

Kevin Zhao was top of the queue at CompuB in Grafton Street, Dublin, to buy the first iPad2. STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS

IF you must have it, you must have it.

Hundreds of technophiles queued for hours yesterday to be the first people here to get their hands on the latest Apple gadget.

And it was a Chinese businessman who got the jump on the rest. Kevin Zhao (45) started queuing at noon yesterday to be first in the door at the CompuB shop on Grafton Street where the new iPad2 went on sale at precisely 5pm, retailing for between €479 and €799.

So what is the hype about?

"Because it's cool," Mr Zhao, who was in Dublin on business, said. "There's nothing else. It's just cool."

Even though he could probably buy the same gadget in China for a fraction of the price, Mr Zhao said he couldn't bear to wait the three to four months before it was likely to go on sale there.

Once inside, customers whooped in delight and made a beeline for the various models on display.

Children's author Larry O'Laughlin (61), from Templeogue, Dublin, said he never imagined he would find himself queuing to buy a computer. But he was doing so as a birthday gift for his wife.

"I never thought I would be standing here queuing for something like this," he said.

Such was the hype that one enterprising customer who was high up in the queue walked out of the shop after buying the 16gb version -- which subsequently sold out -- and tried to flog it to those still in the queue for €200 more than he had paid.

If you must have it, you must have it.

Irish Independent

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