iPad launch draws early morning queue

About 150 techno-enthusiasts lined up outside the Apple store in Calgary's Market Mall Friday morning, keen to be among the first Canadians to own an iPad.
Gadget addicts lined up early Friday in Calgary for a chance to be the first on their block to own an Apple iPad. ((CBC))
About 150 techno-enthusiasts lined up outside the Apple store in Calgary's Market Mall Friday morning, keen to be among the first Canadians to own an iPad.

The tablet-style computer has been available in the United States since April 5, but it only went on sale in Canada and in eight other countries on Friday.

"I was here 9 o'clock last night. I read a magazine, I read a whole book inside. It's going to be for my mom. She doesn't know how to use the computer and with the iPad, I figure she's going to be able to figure it out," said Thomas Kim, who was at the head of the line when the store opened at 8 a.m.

"I like to get the newest things, the latest and greatest," said Kevin Sweet, explaining what got him out of bed early to buy Apple's new device, a cross between a smart phone and a laptop.

Apple's new tablet-style computer, the iPad went on sale in Calgary Friday.
"My wife told me last night that I should come down here and get one," said Aaron McDonald, another member of the lineup of gadget junkies snaking down the northwest mall's hallway.

Prices for the iPads range from $549 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version to $879 for a 64GB version with Wi-Fi and 3G cellular access.

Apple sold one million iPads in the first month after its U.S. launch.