Teenage technology fan Steven Wilkinson was today hoping to be among the first people in Ireland to own the latest Apple gadget, the iPad, after queuing through the night.
The 18-year Belfast Royal Academy student said he would spend £499 on the gadget at Ireland’s only Apple store in Belfast’s Victoria Square.
As iPad fever gripped the nation last night, dozens of eager fans were expected to flock to the store to get their hands on the product.
The eagerly-anticipated tablet-style computer allows users to send emails, read novels, draw pictures and play games.
Steven started queuing at 2pm yesterday.
He said: “The iPad is a magical revolutionary product,” — a quote from his idol, Apple founder, Steve Jobs. “I like to have everything first, the day it comes out. I have had all the Apple products first. I am a huge Apple fan and have an iPhone 3GS, Apple Macbook, Apple TV. If they bring an iPad out with a camera, I will buy it too.”
Staff at the Apple store in Belfast were confident other eager fans of the brand would join Steven in the early hours of Friday. By midnight a steady queue of people was building up.
The teenager added: “The internet is supposed to be amazing on it — the best internet access out there.
“I use my Twitter and Facebook an awful lot. I will be mainly using it for browsing.
“I am buying it mainly for university — I will use it instead of carrying loads of books in my bag.
“I initially pre-ordered it off Play.com, but they sent me an email saying they couldn’t get enough of them. So that’s why I’m here.”