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Much to my surprise the iPad 2 was released in South Africa on Friday, along with very attractive pricing options.  Now, I’ve been waiting to get an iPad for some time and wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity.

I called all the launch stores and noticed that the iStore on Sandton Drive was the only one to open at 07:30am. To guarantee myself one of the devices I left home real early and was there at 03:55am. After spending quite a bit of time explaining to the security guards why I was there that early, they finally gave in and opened the gate. I was the first person for an hour before the second chap arrived. Let me also add that it was 3 degrees outside which was not that pleasant.

So, 07:30 arrived and there were a lot of people queuing up (behind me of course 🙂 ). The Apple staff were really well organised and handed everyone numbers and also allowed you to pick your specific model based on availability. I went for the top of the range 64GB, Wi-Fi & 3G along with one of those magnetic covers. The wait was extended by another hour and a half as national sales could only kick-off at 09:00am. Come on! Anyways, at 09:05am I had the iPad 2 in my hands and the 5 hour stint was over.

I believe the device is miles ahead of any of the other slates in the market right now. I can’t wait to explore the business intelligence capabilities as one of our products, Strategy Companion Analyzer, has just released their beta mobile version.

Here are some pics of the event and device.

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