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Customers clamour for new iPad

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San Francisco - Want to get your hands on one of those high-resolution new iPads announced last week by Apple? You may have to wait a bit.

Customers who pre-ordered the gadget through Apple's website can no longer expect to receive it on Friday when the first batch of iPads will ship, because of a deluge of orders, Apple said in a statement over the weekend.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the new iPad during an event in San Francisco last week.

“Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased,” Apple said in a statement. “Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.”

Customers can still try to purchase a new iPad at one of the company's retail stores, but that might involve a monumental effort since long lines for the gadgets are likely to start forming days before the scheduled Friday launch.

The new iPad was announced last Wednesday, featuring a higher resolution screen, larger battery and more powerful processor than the current iPad 2. It goes on sale in the US, Canada, Britain, France and Germany on Friday. - Sapa-dpa

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