Apple fans awaiting latest iPad

Borehamwood Times: People sit in the queue for the new iPad 3 outside the Apple Store on Regent Street in London People sit in the queue for the new iPad 3 outside the Apple Store on Regent Street in London

Apple fans who have spent days sleeping on the street waiting for the third iPad to go on sale will finally get their reward this morning.

Zohaib Ali, 21, from Uxbridge, north-west London, was first in line outside the flagship Apple store on London's Regent Street after queuing for five days.

"The iPad is the best product of the year and there won't be any more until 2013 so I am happy to queue. I love Apple products," he said.

Mr Ali has autism and his mother, Rahat Ali, believes Apple products have helped him overcome his disability. She said: "Apple products are very good for autism. They are very easy to use and he is relaxed when he is using them. Usually he doesn't want to go out in a crowd but he is very happy queuing here."

The tablet computer, which has a higher resolution screen than previous models and a five megapixel camera with auto focus and auto exposure, ranges in price from £399 to £659.

Despite competition from cheaper rivals the iPad remains the most popular tablet computer. Apple has sold more than 55 million iPads since its launch in 2010, including 40 million last year.

Mr Ali's friend, Ali Tarighi, 18, from Acton, west London, has been queuing with him since Saturday morning. He said of the new iPad: "I wanted to be one of the first to get my hands on it really. It can be hard at times, especially at nights. It gets really cold but it's going to feel great when I hold the iPad up in triumph."

Those waiting were handed free food and drink by companies they had contacted through Twitter.

Harry Barrington-Mountford, 22, from Upminster, north east London, queued to buy the iPad 2 with his girlfriend Fenella Barnes, 30, and decided to queue again for the newest model.

He said: "We had such a great time queuing last time that we decided to do it again. People always stop to talk to us. I am exhausted though, I have only had about 45 minutes of sleep."

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