Die-hard iPad fans perched on the sidewalk outside the Georgetown Apple store early this morning in anticipation of the first sales of the iPad 3.
A couple dozen people lined up outside the Apple store in Georgetown this morning in anticipation of the first sales of the company's iPad 3 tablet. These "appleistas" wanted to be among the first get their hands on the new device.
Billy Simon, one of those sitting outside the store this morning, said die-hard Apple fans just can't help themselves when a new product comes out.
"It's the same big deal as it was for the iPad 1, the 2, the iphpnes, and everything else," he said. "It's a new product by Apple and it must be had."
Another Apple superfan in Georgetown, Nash Peart, had set up an outdoor seating arrangement outside the store. He says his pilgrimage to the store is a frequent one.
"Apple makes awesome products. We've done the iPhone, all the iPads," he says. "Every year my wife and I swap over, and then we sell our old ones. The secondary market is really good for apple products."
Some protesters are also expected to be outside the store this morning to protest working conditions at Foxconn, a China-based manufacturer that produces the company's products. The protesters say the conditions need to be improved. Advocates are asking that Apple produce a game plan for improving worker safety.
The protesters already garnered a quarter million signatures worldwide.