Shares in the computer giant Apple hit a record high after the latest version of their tablet went on sale and proved to be hot property.
Pavements outside retailers throughout the world were jammed with thousands of fans – some of whom had queued for days – even though the third generation iPad has only a few new features compared to the last.
The reviews of the new iPad have been mostly postive, but some experts say Apple will have to do more to stay ahead of the pack.
Price may be a factor. When it was launched iPad 2 retailed at the equivalent of 300 euros. The latest version will hit the shops at almost 480 euros.