By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
April 3, 2010

Sunrise over Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store

Here it is, 2 months and 8 days after it was unveiled. After 4,390 stories — including the covers of TIME and Newsweek — and blogs too numerous to count. After hundreds of thousands of pre-orders and a 36.36 point (18.4%) run-up on Apple’s AAPL share price.

The iPad — Apple’s latest creation and Steve Jobs’ obsession — goes on sale today.

At 6:15 a.m., as a sun even Jobs can’t control rose over the East River, we counted 136 people — 63 with reservations, 73 without — queued up in front of the only Apple Store that never sleeps.

Only 2 hours and 45 minutes to go.

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