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In pictures: iPad mini launch and hands-on

Apple's iPad mini launches across Australia.

  • Apple's iPad mini went on sale across Australia this morning. We were at the flagship Sydney store to capture the scenes.

    The line at Sydney's George Street Store went around King Street but didn't quite reach York Street as it has done for past Apple launches.

  • The scene around 15 minutes before the store opened its doors at 8am.

  • The line for the iPad mini.

  • The front of the line.

  • The first few customers in the line.

  • The front of the line.

  • An event description, in case you were wondering.

  • The front of the store was guarded by security.

  • Waiting for doors to open.

  • Apple's ever-enthusiastic staff await the opening.

  • Apple's ever-enthusiastic staff await the opening.

  • The staff get ready to open the doors.

  • The staff get ready to open the doors.

  • The doors opened at 8am.

  • The doors opened at 8am.

  • The doors opened at 8am.

  • The first customers in line enter the store.

  • The first customers in line enter the store.

  • The first customers in line enter the store.

  • The first customers in line enter the store.

  • The first customers in line enter the store.

  • The first customers in line enter the store.

  • The first customers in line enter the store.

  • Here's the iPad mini, on display inside the Apple Store.

  • The first thing you'll notice about the mini is its light weight (just 303g).

  • The thin frame.

  • The smaller design is easy to hold with one hand, even if you have smaller hands.

  • The iPad mini's on display.

  • Customers check out the new iPad mini.

  • An iPad mini not chained to the store table.

  • An iPad mini not chained to the store table.

  • The black model has an anodized finish called slate.

  • Here's the white model.

  • It has a silver finish on the back.

  • The white model iPad mini.

  • The white model iPad mini.

  • A close up of the iPad mini's screen.

  • The following angles show the mini's svelte frame.

  • The top.

  • The side.

  • The mini uses the new Apple Lightning connector.

  • Apple staff demonstrate the iPad mini to onlookers.

  • Playing a game on the iPad mini.

  • Playing a game on the iPad mini.

  • The first customers walk out of the store with their new iPad mini's.

  • Another customer with his new iPad mini.

  • The iPad mini starts from $369 in Australia.

  • All iPad mini's on display are currently Wi-Fi only models. Wi-Fi + 4G models will go on sale in "late November".

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