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Crowds gather as iPad Mini goes on sale in Australia

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ipadminiwrapThe iPad Mini went on sale in Australia today with the usual crowds lining up to be the first to get their hands on the new product.

Apple’s Sydney Store in George St had around 200 people outside the store waiting for the doors to open at 8am.

The fourth generation iPad, with the faster A6X processor and smaller Lightning dock connector, also went on sale across the country today

Lines at the George St Apple Store weren’t as long as the lines for the iPhone 5 in September.

Reasons behind this could be the fact that only the wi-fi only models of both the 7.9-inch iPad Mini and fourth generation iPad were available today.

The wi-fi + 4G versions of the iPad Mini and the fourth generation iPad will go on sale in Australia in mid to late November.

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Another factor which may account for the smaller store turnout is the ability to pre-order the products online and have them delivered in time for release day.

Patrick Li, 28, was the first customer in line at the George St Apple Store.

Patrick Li was the first customer through the door to buy the iPad Mini at the George St Apple store in Sydney

Li says he already owns a regular iPad which he used for watching movies and playing games but he decided to but the 16GB White/Silver iPad Mini so he can use it as his ebook reader.

Apple’s iPad Mini is also for sale at a number of other stores including JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith and Big W.

Big W is selling the entry-level 16GB wi-fi only iPad Mini for $358 – a slight discount on the regular $369 entry price.

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