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Today is iPad Day: Get in Line

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Apple's iPad launches today, and that means serious enthusiasts have been in line at local Apple stores for hours already, waiting to get their hands on their new toy. Notices were sent out to those who reserved their $499+ webby machine thing, and many opted to get out of bed before the crack of dawn to take their place in lines.

Since many Apple stores are located at malls, security is tight and the proceeding are well-organized, as it has been in the past for major Apple product launches. SunnyinLA explains how things are set up at one local shopping mecca: "Line @ Grove LA for iPad will start at 4 am. Store will open doors to those who pre-ordered at 9 am, the non-reserve at 10 am."

Lines are reportedly 20-40 people deep across the Los Angeles area. But "f you're in LA and want an iPad, the Grove and Century City lines are apparently insanely long. 3rd Street Promenade has 20 people," rjbudke cautions via Twitter. And of course, where there are people waiting in line for a consumer product, there are news vans: "a bunch of #ipad shoppers are sleeping on the sidewalk in front of the Apple store in Old Town Pasadena. @abc7 has 2 satellite trucks on it," said TroyBeast. We'll settle for some pics from the lines.