Why India Isn't Excited About the iPad Launch

When Apple announces a new product, it is not uncommon to find scores of people queuing outside their retail stores on the launch day hoping to grab a unit before the store runs out of stock.

The queues are often longer for products like the iPad, where Apple has managed to create a new category of computing devices that fit perfectly between a smartphone and your computer.

On Friday Apple launched the iPad in India but if you were expecting a similar reception for this “magical” device here, you’ll be mostly disappointed. That’s because the India launch is happening some nine months after it became available in the U.S. and therefore a lot of people, who would have bought that device on day one of its launch, may have already got it with the help of their friends in U.S. or even from the gray market.

There’s another reason why most people here aren’t very excited about the first-generation iPad. There are rumors that the next version of the iPad, which is expected to be thinner and lighter, may be announced in the next few months.

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