Published Friday, 16 March 2012
Customers view the new Apple iPad 3 (© PA)
The iPad 3 has gone on sale across the UK priced from £399 to £659.
The latest model of the tablet computer has a higher resolution screen and a five megapixel camera with auto focus and auto exposure.
First in the queue at the Apple store in the Victoria Square shopping centre was 18-year- old Jason McGilloway from Derry.
"It's the only Apple store in Ireland," John said of the store's appeal to gadget fans.
"I was here last year for the iPad too; I waited longer last time."
An older jubilant fan, who queued from 9.45pm the night before, explained: "The technology fascinates me and that's the reason I'm here to get it."
Some people in the queue had travelled from the Irish Republic.
Despite competition from cheaper rivals the iPad remains the most popular tablet computer.
Apple has sold more than 55 million devices since its launch in 2010, including 40 million last year.
Apple said the "retina display", which uses 3.1 million pixels on the 9.7in display screen, would have "the highest resolution display ever on a mobile device".
Another feature is a high-speed 4G wireless network which will allow users to download pictures and films quicker than before, but which is not available in the UK yet.
The iPad also went on sale in nine other countries, including the United States, Japan and Australia.
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