Hoards of gadget fans queue for latest iPad at Apple store in Bristol
HORDES of gadget fans braved the morning chill and queued through the early hours to be among the first to get their hands on Apple’s latest iPad.
More than 100 people queued outside the Apple Store in Quakers Friars so they could buy the third version of the tablet computer – known as “The new iPad” – which was launched in the UK yesterday.
Some had come from as far away as Birmingham to pick up the new model, which ranges in price from £399 to £659 and boasts a higher resolution screen than previous models, an improved camera and “voice dictation”, which allows people to dictate straight to their computer rather than type.
At the head of the queue was Symon Purnell, who after almost 15 hours was relying on adrenalin to get him through to the store’s opening at 8am, an hour earlier than normal.
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Mr Purnell, a 35-year-old photographer from Emersons Green, had started queueing at 4.30pm to make sure he was the first there.
A self-confessed Apple fanatic, Mr Purnell already has an iMac, a MacMini, a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 4, an iPhone 4s and an iPad 1, equipment that he uses for his business, Photography Moments.
Mr Purnell said: “I have got everything. I am photographer so everything is a business tool that I use with my clients.
“All my photos are displayed on iPads as it is a good way of showing clients pictures and wedding albums. The new iPad has a high-retina screen, which means it has an ultra-sharp image, so it will be better for my business.”
Mr Purnell settled down for the night in a portable chair he bought with him, relying on moral support from passers-by and cups of tea and coffee from the Apple staff to get him through.
Before being welcomed through the doors to whoops and cheers at 8am yesterday, he said: “It is just about getting in before anybody else.
“I am getting the 64Gb version, which costs £559, and it will pay for itself eventually. If I can get started straight away and have a working sample to show my clients it will give me the upper hand.”
But he also confessed to being a true fan of Apple’s products. Smiling, he joked: “Without the missus knowing, I have spent about £10,000 on Apple products. It is the photographer’s choice.”