After months of rumors, the much-hyped big reveal, and - for some - time spent in line at various retailers, the new Apple iPad is here.
Apple opened its doors at 8am local time today in the U.S. and nine other countries this morning - Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K., along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Among the first people in line in Australia was iFixit co-founder Luke Soules, who nabbed the new iPad and promptly tore it apart for the company's traditional teardowns.
Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart, as well as wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon will also offer the new iPad during regular business hours.
At least one retailer got a bit of a head start on Apple. Walmart opened its doors at midnight with limited quantities of the new iPad in stock.
Apple unveiled the new iPad last week during a press event in San Francisco. The updated tablet includes a Retina Display, 4G LTE connectivity, an improved camera, and the new A5X processor with a quad-core GPU, among other things.
At this point, wait time for new iPads ordered via Apple.com are at 2-3 weeks. Recently, an analyst suggested that Apple could sell more than 1 million iPads today.