Huge crowds greet the new iPad in the US
Customers came from as far away as Russia to purchase the device
Apple's new iPad 2 tablet has gone on sale across the US and was greeted by huge queues of buyers lined up outside Apple stores, according to the Press Association.
Online iPad 2 sales were opened at 1pm UAE time on Friday.
The device will not go on sale outside America for another two weeks and many customers queued outside stores had travelled from as far as Russia and Japan to get their hands on the device first.
The original version of the iPad made its wordwide debut 11 months ago and quickly spawned a range of similar tablet devices manufactured by companies such as Dell and Motorola.
Apple said it sold more than 300,000 of the first version of the iPad on the first day of sales in 2010 and sold over 125 million units in the first nine months on the market.
The new iPad is slimmer and lighter than the original, but has the same price tag at $499 to $829, depending on the memory size and connectivity options.
Another difference between the first and second generation iPad is that the new version has both front and rear cameras to enable video-conferencing via Facetime, Apple's new video-conferencing application.
To underline the importance of the Apple launch, the company's ailing CEO, Steve Jobs came back from medical leave specifically to launch the new generation device.
The iPad 2 will go on sale on March on 25 in 26 other markets, including Europe, Mexico and New Zealand.