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Last Updated: Friday May 28 2010 09:27 GMT

New Apple iPad goes on sale

Teenager Jake from Essex, southeast England, leaves the Apple store in Regent Street, London, with his new iPad

There's big excitement for British tech fans - the long awaited iPad has finally gone on sale in the UK.

Some people queued overnight so they could be the first to get their hands on the new gadget.

Hundreds turned up at the Apple store on London's Regent Street, which opened at 8am.

17-year-old Jake was the first customer. He'd queued for 20 hours! He said: "It's everything I hoped for and I can't wait to get going on it."

The Apple iPad
The new iPad

The iPad is made by Apple, the same company behind the popular iPhone.

The new gadget is a cross between a touchscreen phone and a laptop.

It costs between £429 and £699, depending what extras you want with it.

It can be used to watch films, play games and read books and newspapers. You can also browse the web on it.

The iPad first went on sale in the US in April and one million were snapped up in the first month.

Now it's available in the UK and another eight countries. The launch date was put back so that Apple could cope with the demand in America.