Long Lines Greet Launch of New iPads

Many Korean customers braved the bitter cold to get their hands on the iPad Air and iPad Mini with retina display when Apple launched them here on Monday.

People wait in line to buy the iPad Air and iPad Mini outside an Apple store in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Monday. /Newsis People wait in line to buy the iPad Air and iPad Mini outside an Apple store in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

Around 7 a.m., long before the store opened, over 200 people stood in line to snap up the gadgets in front of Apple premium reseller Frisbee in Myeong-dong, Seoul.

Previously dominated by Samsung Electronics and Apple, the tablet PC market here is now seeing a range of competitive new gadgets from other electronics makers as well, including Google's Nexus 7 and LG Electronics' G Pad.

Microsoft and Lenovo are also jumping on the bandwagon.

The iPad Air costs W740,000 for the 32GB model, W860,000 for the 64GB one, and W980,000 for the 128GB one (US$1=W1,053).

As for the iPad Mini, the 16GB version retails for W500,000, W80,000 more than its predecessor.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 17, 2013 12:53 KST