Adam Gabbatt in New York 

iPad morning comes and goes – and it was all very exciting

Apple's latest gadget launched into the hands of thousands of eager hands this morning. Herewith, a sampling of the fanfare
  
  

The iPad 3 launched on Friday. It was all very exciting, with thousands waiting in line outside Apple stores across the world.

The new iPad – Apple doesn't call it the 'three' – has an improved screen resolution, processor and camera, as well as a voice dictation tool that the Guardian's tech editor didn't think was fit for purpose.

As with everything Apple, if you launch it, they will come. In New York hundreds were waiting outside the Soho Apple store before it opened at 8am. By 8.30am, they'd already sold out of black 16gb, AT&T iPads. Hundreds more queued up at the Grand Central and Park Avenue stores. Some came prepared with camping equipment:

While others just hung about. Or wove an Apple visit into a night out.

Apple's store at Grand Central Terminal, one of the company's largest stores in the world, only opened in December. The new iPad launch was the first big test for the new store, and they hatched an elaborate security plan to try and make sure all hell didn't break loose.

Luckily, all hell did not break loose. Although there was some running.

By 9am, however, things had calmed down significantly, with not an iNerd in sight.

Reviews of the new iPad varied. Some thought it was good, others were less excited.

Perhaps some of the most impressive iPad stories this morning came from the enterprising individuals who waited in line with no intention of buying the tablet.

But of course, not everyone who wanted a new iPad was prepared to wait in one of Apple's lines. There was much back-slapping this morning among those who managed beat the system.

By mid-morning the queues, and the fanfare, had died down, and the Craigslist posts advertising the new iPad for sale had gone up. Circle complete.