New iPad Hits Stores, Twitter Reacts

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Apple's latest iPad arrived in stores today, drawing crowds in each of the nine countries where it's currently available. While last year's iPad 2 launch suffered from severe shortages, leading many to have to wait in line several days in a row, Apple appears to have learned from it's mistake. Apple's retail stores appear to have plenty of the new tablets in stock at the moment, while online orders are currently showing a backlog of 2-3 weeks.

As you might expect, the new iPad's launch has been a major topic of discussion on Twitter. Check out what some people are saying:

Best Buy's CEO took to Twitter to remind people that the Apple Store was not the only place to get your hands on Apple's new tablet.

We are excited to launch the new iPad at Best Buy today! 35 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Others decided that waiting in line was not their thing:

I'm all about Apple products like the next guy, but lining up for hours and hours for a new iPad? No, thanks. 1 hour ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Line at Apple? No thanks. Just walked right up to the counter at Verizon in Snowden Sq. and bought an iPad. Just. Walked. Right. Up. 2 hours ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Was planning to pop by an #Apple Store today. Alas, I forgot that I wasn't the only one interested in the new #iPad. 4 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Some were just happy to get their hands on the new iPad:

It's not even 9 o'clock and I have both an iPad 3 and a bakery muffin. It's been a good morning. 2 hours ago via Tweetbot for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

And others are still saving up for theirs:

Going to bed with a good wine and a good iPad*. *Not great iPad, can't afford that yet. 1 hour ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Some used the new iPad's launch to draw attention elsewhere. One person used it as an opportunity to advocate for improving the working conditions of those who build Apple's devices:

Here at the Apple iPad release in #NYC representing 250,000 @change members demanding Apple make an ethical product. #ethicaliphone 2 hours ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Motorola, meanwhile, paid to get an advertisement for their own tablet at the top of Twitter's search results for the iPad:

Lucky for you, Motorola XYBOARD 10.1 w/ Wi-Fi tablet is spill proof. Get it now with FREE 2-day shipping: 15 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Many people skipped the lines by pre-ordering their iPad. While this was definitely the easiest option, it looks like delivery drivers are in for a long day:

Delivery guy: "iPad is it buddy? I'm fed up of seeing them…" 2 hours ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

And lest we forget, the new iPad isn't the only new product arriving in Apple's stores today:

I'm No. 121 here in line outside Apple Store San Diego. Waiting for Apple TV not iPad. 3 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Finally, Apple insider Jim Dalrymple took to Twitter to promote the new iPad and poke a little fun at Starbucks:

If you don't have a new iPad on order, go get one. It'll cost you about the same amount as a Starbucks coffee. 12 minutes ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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