Apple‘s third-generation tablet is already selling like hotcakes. Consumers in Australia were the first to get their hands on the device, making its debut Friday around the globe.
Surprisingly, the purchases weren’t made at an Apple store. It was Telstra, the Australian telco giant, which opened a pair of its retail outlets after the clock struck 12 Friday morning, that begin selling the new iPad, getting an eight-hour jump on the computer maker, Reuters reported. (Sydney is 15 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.) The device becomes generally available in the U.S. when Apple, Verizon Wireless and AT&T open their stores Friday morning.
The new iPad comes with an improved camera and an HD “retina display,” but its ability to run on 4G LTE networks those offered by carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T is perhaps its biggest selling point. Despite the rush on the device in Australia, the device is not compatible with Telstra’s next-gen network.
The third-generation iPad price ranges from $499 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version, to $829 for the 64GB version that runs on cellular networks.