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Hundreds Up Bright And Early For Apple iPad



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    Dozens of people hoping to get their hands on an iPad were lined up outside the Apple store at WestFarms Saturday morning.

    It's smaller than a laptop and bigger than a phone. It's the iPad,Apple's newest innovation. Just like the iPod and iPhone, it's creating a buzz. Hundreds lined up for its release Saturday across Connecticut.

    "I think they make some very innovative products, that you do end up using. I know I use some of their services I never thought I would, so I'll take a look and see what it has to offer," said Dan Barnard of Charlton, Mass.

    The iPad went on sale at 9 a.m. and costs about $500. It's not your typical heavy duty computer, but it'll surf the web, get email and play video and music.

    "I actually think it's a good thing. For me, I'm on the road all the time, so I'm thinking about getting one. I have two friends that pre-ordered as well, so I'm waiting to hear what they say, but probably in a couple of weeks, I'm going to get one," said Dave Lake of Meriden.

    Although some people aren't so sure. They say they'll wait and see how the iPad stands up to its promises.

    "I think Apple makes really nice products, just when they launch them, I always wait, and then I take a look," said Marc Sack of West Hartford.

    Nevertheless, there were many people who wanted to be the first with the new gadget. The Apple store at Westfarms says it has a limited number to sell and a large number put on reserve. However, if their owners don't claim them by 3 p.m. Saturday, those iPads will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    Westfarms left a set of doors open all night for people who wanted to line up outside of the Apple store.  Just before the store opened at 9am, 100 people were already lined up outside their doors.