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Lining up for the iPad 2 at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto (Part 3)

This is the final instalment of my iPad Lineup report: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.

Above: I'm in this video of the lineup! I appear near the beginning and am the one doing the shameless promoting. :-)


8 minutes left!

Reid and I both made an attempt at playing a card game on a makeshift table but soon gave up. I ended up reading an e-book (Mitali Perkins' THE SECRET KEEPER) much of the time while he played Carcassonne and watched movies/tv on his iPad 1.

Line-up for the iPad 2 at Yorkdale mall

By this time, the line was pretty huge. An Apple employee told me later that there were an estimated 400 people in the line. Whoa.


Forgot to mention, by the way, that I took all the photos in this report with my iPhone. I had forgotten my point-and-shoot, but thought the iPhone did a decent job. I used my iPhone Twitter app and yFrog to post photos to Twitter. My iPhone chewed through battery pretty fast as I read and posted on Twitter.

SO fun keeping up with what was happening other iPad 2 launches and purchases elsewhere:




But finally (FINALLY) it was our turn! A group of Apple employees burst of the store, cheering and clapping, and ran up and down the entire line doing high-fives with those waiting.


Employees high-five crowd just before the launch



When they got back from their high-fiving, the Apple store employees gathered in front of the store to give us a pep talk (like we needed any more revving up at that point!):


Pep talk from the Apple store team

The black curtain was pulled down...


Opening up the store for the iPad 2 launch

To reveal a human corridor made of the Apple employees inside, all cheering and clapping:

Opening up the store for the iPad 2 launch

The more cynical of you may want to point out that this whole scene was carefully choreographed, all designed to make us feel great about spending our money on iPads (and maybe some accessories!). what? After spending 11 hours in line waiting for iPad 2 launch, I'd much rather be greeted this way than walk into a quiet store as if it's any other day. Bring on the party!

Musicians performing in the corner of the Apple store

I like the fact that each person buying an iPad gets his or her own clerk helping them. Mine was Jocelyn, and she was very relaxed (I didn't once feel as if I was being rushed through so she could get to the next customer) and seemed genuinely tickled that I had lined up for so long for my iPad.

Jocelyn declined to be photographed, but here are some other cool Apple employees I met during the line-up:


With Chris

With Erica from the Apple store

And here's the photo that Reid took of me with my NEW IPAD and red magnetic cover:


My new iPad 2 and red cover!

More about what I think of the new iPad 2 in a future post when my euphoria has died down a bit and I'm able to use it more.

But back to the 11 hours in line. As I said before, it wasn't just about buying an iPad 2. The 11 hours whizzed by pretty fast because of everything that was going on around Reid and me: the conversations between fellow Applenerds in person and around the world, the anticipation and building excitement, the being RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL.

As for the iPad itself, I can't wait to try out this new incarnation for my reading, illustration, writing, music composition, photography, social networking, keeping up with industry blogs, and sooooooooo much more. Jeff and I have already Facetimed with our friends over in Belgium via our iPads.

And yes, I'll probably be waiting in line again when the iPad 3 launches. :-)

I blog about the iPad, e-books and digital publishing, children's e-book apps and apps for creative people at iPadGirl and I tweet from @iPadGirl. You can find out more about my other projects at

My 3-part iPad Lineup report: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.

Reader Comments (6)!! Loved the articles, loved the pictures, loved the tweets! It was almost like being there!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallychew

See, this is what I totally love about you. ENTHUSIASM!!!!!
I am not a Mac/Apple person, but man, after listening to you, I am SO TEMPTED to come to the dark side. After all, you OBVIOUSLY have cookies, and a lot of fun people!!

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertanita

Agreed with the poster above. And you are not the only one who prefers books and tech to clothes and jewelry.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjune

Thank you for these posts. It was almost like being there, except I got a whole day's work done on the canoe, plus practiced my music :-)

I hope you have lots of fun with your iPad 2

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat Faber

Great post Debbie! It was a lot of fun to read and see the pics :) Looks like you made the most of it. Really cool and thanks for sharing with all of us. Enjoy that Ipad2 :)

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoni Edwards

I really enjoyed your posts, and I've been mining your site to find fabulous apps I should get. I was tickled to see my tweet on this post!

Also: I don't know how I lived without this fantastic tool! Love my iPad2!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

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