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Buyers who spent the morning trying out Apple Inc.’s latest iPad raved about its new “retina” display, which has twice the resolution of the previous version of the tablet computer.

Over 200 people waited outside the Apple Store on Boylston Street before it opened at 8 a.m.
Over 200 people waited outside the Apple Store on Boylston Street before it opened at 8 a.m.Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

“I was skeptical at first because it is physically the same as the iPad 2, but the new retina display blew me away,” Daniel Romero of Cambridge, founder of review site DarGadgetZ.com, wrote.

About 200 people were waiting in line for the new iPad, which was released on Friday, when the Apple Store on Boylston Street opened at 8 a.m. The queue stretched around the corner of Boylston and Fairfield streets.


Tristam MacDonald, from Boston, was the first in line on Thursday night.

“I made a few passes by the store last night to see if people started to line up, until I decided to start the line at 10:30 p.m.,” he said. “There were only about 20 people in line until it exploded at 5 a.m.”

Also on line was Quincy Nang, an international student from Gabon living in East Cambridge, is traveling to Africa on Monday to see his father for the first time in five years. What gift did Nang want to bring? The new iPad, of course.

“I couldn’t afford one for myself,” Nang said at 8:20 a.m. this morning, shortly after buying Apple Inc.’s coveted tablet computer. “But I figured it’s a one-time thing, and it’s a good to do for your parent. The Apple experience is unrivaled.”

By 8:30 a.m. Friday, all of the people were inside the store and getting their iPads, and passerby were allowed in off the street to test the numerous display products.

The third-generation iPad is physically similar to previous versions, although slightly thicker and heavier, thanks to a new battery. With a base price of $499, it features a faster processor, improved camera on the back, and of course, that display. “The screen resolution is amazing,” Robby Grossman, tech lead at online sharing platform Shareaholic in Cambridge, wrote in an email.


Beyond the screen, users were impressed by several improved iPad features. Grossman called the dictation function “very fast. I dictated eight sentences in one take and the iPad had them transcribed in under a second – about as fast as Apple makes Siri look in its commercials.”

When DarGadgetZ ’s Romero first heard about the iPad’s new high definition camera, he thought it was an “absurd” feature to include. “But after using it a little, I found it quite good and it can actually be used for recording video and taking pictures,” he said. “Even though the iPad was not physically altered when compared to the iPad 2, after an hour of use I can say it was worth spending $500 and waiting in line for.”

Christina Reinwald can be reached at christina.reinwald@globe.com.