iPad 2 launches in UK today

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Rest of the world receives iPad 2

Apple today launches its iPad 2 outside of the US, and says demand for the device will be met.

Following the gadget's US release earlier this month, 25 additional counties will be able to pick up the product from Apple retail stories and select Apple retailers from 5pm local time. However, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has tried to allay fears that new customers around Europe and Australia will go home empty-handed.

"We're experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone's patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone," he said.

Apple has also announced that the machine, a third thinner and nearly a tenth lighter than its predecessor, will come to Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea in April.

Launch day rival

Another tech product hits the market today in the form of Nintendo's 3DS handheld console. Shops around the UK opened at the stroke of midnight, and punters queued to be among the first to own the system. An official launch party also took place last night, with Jonathan Ross, Plan B and Louise Redknapp attending.

Continuing the games developer's famous portable lineage and industry innovation, the 3DS offers 3D gaming without glasses for the first time. It also features a host of internal applications, including a built-in 3D camera, which some titles will incorporate into gameplay.