Apple's new iPad has begun its march around the globe. The tablet is arriving in stores in nine countries today, starting with Australia and moving on to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the U.K., and the U.S.
The buyer of the very first new iPad was David Tarasenko, who got his hands on a white 64GB iPad Wi-Fi + 4G model at a midnight launch at the flagship Telstra store on George Street in Sydney, Australia.
Editors' note: We'll be updating this slideshow regularly well into Friday as more locations get the iPad.
Tarasenko hoists his iPad, still in the box. The device, unveiled just last week, sports a higher-resolution Retina Display similar to that of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and an updated processor (Apple's A5X chip) as well as a 4G connection.
It's a calm scene at the Apple store in Tokyo's Ginza district. Regarding the new iPad: "It felt like a much larger tablet then its predecessor, and far heavier too," said ZDNet's Hana Stewart-Smith. "What surprised me most was the heat emanating from the device."
Shoppers wait for their chance to buy an iPad at a Wal-Mart in Union City, Calif. Wal-Mart stores got the jump on Apple by releasing the third-generation iPad a full eight hours before Apple stores were to open their doors.
Representatives from Change.org were at the Apple store on Fifth Ave. in New York for the third-generation iPad launch to deliver a petition with 250,000 signatures calling for Apple to make sure its workers overseas are treated properly.
Stephanie Pena and Chris Strike, the first two in line at the Apple Store in Palo Alto, have been in line since Wednesday night. Stephanie will be a first-time iPad buyer, while Chris is upgrading from the original iPad.