With iPad 2 the real question was not what but when

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(image via arstechnica.com)

One of the questions in Apple’s iPad 2 Event Story none of the pundits or observers could correctly gauge was when. When would Apple ship the new iPads, within the US and to the rest of the world?

Americans always have it particularly good with Apple launches. They always get things first. The rest of the world (us in the chopped liver category) always gets seconds. Sometimes the wait is long and nerve-wracking. Take last year. iPad 1 shipped in the US on 3rd (wifi) and 30th April 2010 (wifi+3G). A second wave (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK) got lucky on May 28th.

Those of us in Austria watched in horror at the phenomenal sales figures and low availability of the iPad in the months ensuing, and only got to gratefully wring our hands in appreciation on July 23rd, when we joined Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Holland, New Zealand and Singapore in the iPad club.

This time around, Apple is kind of being kind to 26, count em, 26 further countries getting the iPad 2 on March 25th, a mere 14 days after our American friends. A new precedent? Let’s hope so.

Here is the full list of countries getting the iPad 2 on March 25th:

Australia, Austria (lucky me!), Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. According to today’s press release: “(…) and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.”

Good luck my friends of those other other countries. You can either practice the virtue of patience or get one via ebay or through travel.

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