Apple confirmed today that the iPad 2 will be released (as originally promised at the iPad 2 unveiling event) in 25 countries this Friday, the 25th of March. They also announced that the iPad 2 will be launched in another three countries in April – Hong Kong, Korea, and Singapore.
Just as in the US launch of the iPad 2, it will go on sale at Apple retail stores in the 25 countries at 5:00PM local time on Friday – and in the online store (apple.com) at 1:00AM.
Apple’s press release on this includes a quote from Steve Jobs saying that Apple is ‘experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US’, but not offering any initial sales numbers for the iPad 2. Here’s the section of the release on pricing and availability:
Pricing & Availability
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.