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Photos: The iPad Faithful in Palo Alto

Citizen journalists with Tackable respond to request for photos of iPad customers in line to buy the latest iPad.

From the everyday Joe to the fan boy to the Raging Granny who came out to deliver a letter of protest to Apple, the lines at Apple retail stores in the Bay Area stretched around blocks and through parking garages.

Our citizen journalists from Tackable—a photo assignment and sharing platform—responded to our assignment for photos and video of the early morning activity; some of which began Thursday.

At Valley Fair waiting Apple customers borrowed chairs from nearby Nordstrom cafe, which they were asked to return early Friday morning, according to Luke Stangel.

"They let the first 100 people stay inside the mall Thursday night. Everyone else spent the night in the parking garage," Stangel reported through Tackable. "There's probably 200 people total in line for the new iPad at Valley Fair at 5:50 a.m. People keep showing up."

Stangel made his way from Valley Fair to the Los Gatos Apple store, which does not enjoy the comfort of a mall roof.

"The diehards in line spent a cold, drizzly night on the sidewalk," Stangel reported from the Los Gatos store at 6:20 a.m. Friday.

"The people at the front of the line in Los Gatos got here at 5 p.m. Thursday," he wrote.

At Stanford Mall, the first in line arrived at 11 p.m. Thursday, according to Stangel, who made the rounds to the downtown Palo Alto store where he found "two members of the Raging Grannies" handing out to people in line a copy of "their open letter to Apple, protesting working conditions at Apple-contracted factories in China."

Tackable Ed shared a photo of the ticket he received in line so he could purchase a 32 GB Verizon iPad. While in line he said Apple employees, who reported being "caffeinated" and ready to go, handed out bottled water.

Anne Ernst (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Eduardo says there is noticeable improvement in the resolution on the latest iPad.
YZ March 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I just walked into San Carlos Best Buy and get iPad 3 in 5 minutes, no wait...
Aaron Selverston March 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Good call, YZ. I guess there must be something about camping out at an Apple store that adds to the experience. It's a cultural phenomenon. The folks I spoke with last night in Palo Alto had games, BBQ, and other fun activities. One group of friends piled 10 people into one giant tent!

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