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Apple Begins Global Sales of IPad 2 as Competition Increases

Apple Inc. began selling its iPad 2 to queues of consumers in Australia and New Zealand today, as part of a release in 25 countries including the U.K., France, Switzerland and Germany, as the company tries to defend its dominance in tablet computers amid mounting competition.

“Ninety percent of the reason I came is for the experience, 10 percent for the product,” said Alex Lee, 27, lining up in Sydney, sitting on a folding chair next to a yellow suitcase that doubles as a coffee table. “I’m also getting one for charity,” to auction online and raise money for earthquake victims, he said. Lee came to the store straight from the airport while on a backpack tour across Asia.