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Apple's new must-have device went on sale in Australia early on Friday, greeted by a throng of fans hoping to get hold of a 4G-ready tablet computer

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Construction manager David Tarasenko poses with the first new iPad sold from a store in Sydney, moments after midnight, March 16, 2012. “When Tim Cook announced it, it sounded like such a magical tool. I just got hyped into it, I guess,” he said.

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Zhuo Hanling with his wife Seah Swee Kheng and their daughter look at one of their third generation iPads after being first in line to purchase the tablet computer in Singapore March 16, 2012. The new iPad is going on sale on Friday in 10 countries, including the United States, Canada, Singapore, France and Britain.

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New iPad tablets are seen in a window display in an Apple store in Sydney March 16, 2012. Apple Inc's new iPad went on sale in Australia early on Friday, greeted by throngs of fans hungry to get hold of the U.S. consumer giant's latest, 4G-ready tablet computer.

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A man wearing a cardboard hat depicting Apple's new iPad waits to purchase the tablet in front of the Apple Store Ginza in Tokyo on March 16, 2012.

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Construction manager David Tarasenko poses with the first new iPad sold from a store in Sydney, moments after midnight, March 16, 2012. “When Tim Cook announced it, it sounded like such a magical tool. I just got hyped into it, I guess,” he said. Carrier Telstra stole a march on Apple, commencing sales at just two of its own stores at midnight.

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People wait in line along Orchard Road to enter a branch of M1 Limited, a telecommunications company in Singapore, to purchase the third generation iPad during its launch in Singapore March 16, 2012. Such is the demand for new Apple products that middlemen often pay strangers to buy the latest versions and transport them to markets scheduled for later releases.

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Ryo Takahashi wearing a samurai wig browses internet as he and others wait in a queue to buy a new iPad outside an Apple Store in Tokyo, Thursday, March 15, 2012, one day before the the new iPad goes on sale Friday. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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A man waiting to buy a new iPad tablet uses his laptop as he queues in front of an Apple store in Sydney March 16, 2012. Around the globe, diehards have begun lining up in front of Apple stores. Media pictures showed snaking lines already in place outside stores in Munich, Paris, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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People waiting for the new iPad are reflected in the window of an Apple store in Munich on March 16, 2012.

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One of the first new iPad buyers arrives in the Apple store in Munich on March 16, 2012.

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Christof Wallner, 23, from Austria, celebrates outside the apple store in Munich after becoming one of the first new iPad buyers in Germany.

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A woman uses her iPad to capture the scene outside an Apple store in Munich as people wait the buy the new iPad.

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A store worker checks the cash after selling Apple's new iPad to a customer in Manhattan shortly after the tablet computer went on sale at midnight March 16, 2012.

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Christof Wallner, 23, from Austria, the first new iPad buyer in Germany, poses after purchasing the tablet in front of the Apple store in Munich March 16, 2012.

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A man uses his iPad to photograph customers who have slept outside a store for 48 hours waiting to purchase new Apple iPad tablet computers in central London March 16, 2012.

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Apple fans put on free promotional t-shirts with purchase of the newly launched iPad device Friday March 16, 2012 in Singapore.

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