Apple's iPad mini and fourth generation iPad went on sale Friday and, while the typical lines formed, thethat normally accompanies the tech giant's product launches were toned down.
Apple's iPad mini is a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad. The mini tablet features at 7.9-inch screen with 1,024 x 768 display resolution, front- and rear-facing cameras and 1080p HD video recording. The device starts at $329.
The fourth generation iPad features an A6X processor, faster Wi-Fi and Lightening connector. The iPad 2 starts at $399 and fourth generation iPad at $499.
According to Reuters, about 50 people waited in line at the Apple store in Sydney, Australia. Lines for previous product launches have spanned blocks. Similar disparities between previous launches with the iPad mini have occurred in Tokyo, Seoul, Amsterdam and London. Anywhere from 50 to 100 people were reportedly in line in those locations.
In New York City, two Apple stores were closed in lower Manhattan due to the city's conditions in Superstorm Sandy's wake. Currently, part of the Big Apple's subway system is closed. Apple's SoHo and West 14th street stores are located in areas without electricity, leaving three Apple store locations open: Upper West Side, Grand Central Station and Fifth Avenue.
CNET reports that the first person in line at Apple's Fifth Avenue store was 21-year-old Andrew Li. The Queens, N.Y. resident arrived at about 10 p.m. Thursday night.
Shorter lines don't necessarily mean the iPad mini launch is not successful. Pre-orders for the device sold out within a week's time. Same goes for theonly models.
The iPad mini's size positions the tablet to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, Google's Nexus 7 and Barnes & Nobles' Nook HD+ tablets.
at a press event on Oct. 23 in San Jose, Calif.