The latest version of Apple’s iPad, the genre-defining tablet computer that has outperformed virtually everyone’s expectations since first released in 2010, went on sale Friday. The new 9.7-inch display screen features a “retina display” of 2047 by 1536 pixels, compared with the iPad 2′s 1024 by 768 pixels. It will have a a 5-megapixel camera, representing a significant leap from the current iPad’s lens. It also went on sale Friday in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Apple diehards in Asia were among the first to sample the new product. In Tokyo, about 400 people lined up at an Apple store, where the first wave of buyers were raving about the beautiful high definition screen. Apple’s No. 1 fan, co-founder Steve Wozniak, has made a habit of joining the throngs. In October, he was first in line at his local Apple store in Los Gatos, California, to get an iPhone 4S, and he lined up at a store in Los Angeles where he was giving a speech, at about 2 p.m. Thursday for Friday’s rollout.

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The New iPad: In stores now

Construction manager Tarasenko purchases the first iPad3 from a store in Sydney. TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

A man waiting to buy a new iPad tablet uses his laptop as he queues in front of an Apple store in Sydney. TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People waiting to buy a new iPad tablet queue in front of an Apple store in Sydney. TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People wait in line along Orchard Road to enter a branch of M1 Limited, a telecommunications company in Singapore, to purchase the third generation iPad during its launch in Singapore. TIM CHONG/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People line up to enter a branch of M1 Limited, a telecommunications company in Singapore, to purchase the third generation iPad during its launch in Singapore. TIM CHONG/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People sit on a street in front of an Apple store as they wait for the release of the new iPad in Tokyo. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Man in mask celebrates with Apple store's staff after purchasing new iPad at its Ginza store in Tokyo. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Man wearing cardboard hat depicting Apple's new iPad reacts as he walks to purchase tablet in front of Apple Store Ginza in Tokyo. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People stand in a line to purchase Apple's new iPad in front of Apple Store Ginza in Tokyo. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People camp out on Fifth Avenue in New York outside Apple's Fifth Avenue Store to reserve spots for Apple's new iPad due for March 16 release. ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Sign advertises spot for sale where in New York outside Apple's Store to reserve spots for Apple's new iPad due for March 16 release. ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

A man lines up to collect his pre-ordered new iPad outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

A woman collects her new pre-ordered iPad outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Staff clap for a customer who bought a new iPad at an Apple store in Hong Kong. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Omarov holds up his iPad at an Apple store in Hong Kong. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Customers wait in line to buy Apple's new iPad at a department store in Manhattan, New York. EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

A department store worker wheels in Apple's new iPads at a department store in Manhattan, New York. EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Departmental store worker checks through dollar bills after releasing Apple's new iPad to customer in Manhattan. EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Departmental store worker smiles as she carries units of Apple's new iPad to customers in Manhattan. EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People wait on street in front of Apple store as they await sales of new iPad in Munich. MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

One of first new iPad buyers arrives in Apple store in Munich. MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Man holds up new iPad being first customer to purchase the most recent model of Apple's tablet computer at an electronic retailer in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People line up at electronic retailer as they wait for the start of the sale of Apple's new iPad tablet computer in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People line up at electronic retailer as they wait for the start of the sale of Apple's new iPad tablet computer in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

A man uses his iPad to photograph customers who have slept outside a store for 48 hours waiting to purchase new Apple iPad tablet computers in central London. TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Customers look at tables which display Apple's new iPad 4G-ready tablet computer at one of their stores in Paris. CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Customers wait to purchase Apple iPad tablet computers in Covent Garden in central London. TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Customers wait to purchase Apple iPad tablet computers in Covent Garden in central London. TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People wait in line to purchase Apple's new iPad in New York. SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People wait in line to purchase Apple's new iPad in New York. SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People wait on street in front of Apple store as they await sales of new iPad in Apple store in Munich. MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

A man looks his an Apple iPad in front an Apple logo outside an Apple store in downtown Shanghai. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Demonstrators stand outside the 5th Avenue Apple Store before the launch of Apple's newest iPad in New York. SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Change.org protester holds a banner at the Apple store in Washington. GARY CAMERON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple Store employees rev up customers waiting in line in Washington. GARY CAMERON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Store employees race out of the Apple Store to rev up customers waiting in line, in Washington. GARY CAMERON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

People wait in line to make purchases as Apple's newest iPad went on sale at the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York. SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

An Apple employee awaits customers for the new iPad at the Apple flagship retail store in San Francisco. ROBERT GALBRAITH/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple co-founder Wozniak carries the new iPad as he leaves the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall after waiting in line overnight with customers to purchase it in Los Angeles. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

A man walks past demonstrators protesting during the intial sales of the new iPad at the Apple flagship retail store in San Francisco. ROBERT GALBRAITH/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple employees assist customers with purchases of the new iPad at the Apple flagship retail store in San Francisco. ROBERT GALBRAITH/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak carries the new iPad which he just purchased, as he and his wife Janet ride their personal Segways to their hotel, after waiting in line overnight with customers at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak signs an autograph as he and his wife Janet wait in line overnight with customers to purchase the new iPad at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talks to a customer as he and his wife Janet wait in line overnight with customers to purchase the new iPad at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Customers look at the new iPad at the Apple Store in the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto. MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and his wife Janet wait in line overnight with customers to purchase the new iPad at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Customers walk by a display of the new iPad at the Apple Store in the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto. MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Customers look at the new iPad at the Apple Store in the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto. MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talks to a reporter as he and his wife Janet wait in line overnight with customers to purchase the new iPad at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Goran Marberg holds his new iPad, autographed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak who, with his wife Janet, waited in line overnight with customers at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Gordan Cheng uses his iPhone and Mac computer while waiting in line overnight to purchase the new iPad at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS

The New iPad: In stores now

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and his wife Janet walk hand-in-hand to the store entrance after waiting in line overnight with customers to purchase the new iPad at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall. DAVID MCNEW/REUTERS