The iPad’s international rollout continued yesterday – as it was launched in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore. Apparently the launch featured long lines and waiting lists in many of these locations – including Hong Kong …
The iPad launch in Hong Kong was described as "crazy" by one local vendor who has been selling the device since it launched in the U.S. in April, according to The Wall Street Journal. Kurt Lo’s orders from China and Vietnam increased to between 300 and 400 this week, up from an average of 200 to 300 in previous weeks.
If you’re a new iPad owner from one of these 9 nations (or anywhere else), welcome – glad you found our site, and let us know what you think of the iPad.
Via: Apple Insider
Apple has announced that the iPad will be available in 9 more nations starting this Friday, July 23; they are: Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.
No local pricing has been announced yet, but both the WiFi only and WiFi + 3G iPad models should be available in all these countries.
If you’re in one of the listed nations and you’ve been waiting on the iPad, good luck and hope you get one soon.
Apple once again caused a frenzy among consumers Friday, as people across the globe lined up to buy the company’s latest product, the iPad. But with demand strong, Apple continues to face supply issues.
Profiling the launch day excitement, Reuters reported Friday that hundreds of people were in lines in London, Munich, Paris and Tokyo. It noted that there remains concern that Apple may not be able to supply enough of the device.
Looks like absence (or on this case delay) has made the heart grow fonder -for everyone waiting on an iPad in the nine countries where the iPad launched today: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.
The delayed international launch does not seem to have dampened enthusiasm or demand for the device – now the big question is how the supply side of things is going to hold up.
If you’re in one of the nine launch countries, let us know how your iPad acquisition efforts have gone today, and what you think of your latest new gadget.
Via: Apple Insider
Apple has signed an agreement with DSGi to sell the iPad in the U.K. at 139 Currys, PC World, and Dixons Travel outlet shops from launch, 60 days before rivals Comet, Tesco, John Lewis, and the Carphone Warehouse. The Times Online, citing an internal DSGi staff memo, reports that the iPad will go on sale at 9 a.m. local time Friday in 70 PC World stores, 28 Curry shops, 22 Dixons Travel outlets, and 19 combined PC World/Currys stores. The memo also said that “[d]emand is expected to be high, mirroring what happened in the US,” and added that a detailed list of which stores will be offering the tablet will be posted online this week
Good news for those of you in the UK looking to grab an iPad this weekend. Now that international pre-order shipping dates are sliding back, chasing one down at a retail outlet may be the quicker path to iPad ownership.
I know (from site statistics) that we have some UK readers here. Where / how are you all planning to acquire your iPads?
9to5Mac is reporting that at least a couple of lucky people – one in the UK, one in Italy – have received their lovely new iPads a few days early. The lucky recipient in Italy has even done an unboxing video.
Roll on delivery company mistakes, as long as they’re this kind of mistake. :)
Hey – European readers – have any of you got lucky?
Apple retail stores overseas will open early on Friday, with the international launch of the iPad set to start when doors open at 8 a.m. local time across the globe.
Apple’s regional websites for stores in the U.K, France, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, and Switzerland all indicate that they will open at 8 a.m. this Friday, May 28, for the international launch of the iPad. The device is also set to on sale in Spain, where Apple does not have any retail stores.
If you’re in one of those eight countries and you want an iPad soon, I’d suggest hitting those Apple stores very quickly this weekend. Given the current difficulty of finding iPads available at scores of US stores, and the way international shipping dates are slipping back, you have to think supplies may not last long at all after this launch weekend.
Via: Apple Insider
Image Source: Troy.edu
Pre-orders for the iPad have kicked off today in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK – the same countries where the iPad will be available in stores May 28th.
Pricing varies a fair bit by country, but it looks as if one common factor is the expected markup on US prices. TechCrunch has all the pricing details here:
Given the way the iPad has sold out rapidly in the US, it might be a good idea to get your orders in quickly if you’re in one of the nine countries listed above, if you want to get hold of an iPad soon.
Apple will be rolling out its iBooks app and iBookstore internationally alongside the iPad’s launch on Friday, May 28. Press releases from the UK, Australia, Canada, and Japan indicate that the iBooks app for iPad, including the iBookstore, will be available as a free download from the App Store on May 28 …
That’s a slice from a report at iLounge on the international rollout of the iBooks app for iPad.
This makes sense – as iBooks is one of the headline features of the iPad and it would be a shame to see it lag far behind the launch of the iPad itself in international markets.
iLounge has updated their original post on this with news of confirmations from Apple that Spain, Italy, France, and Germany will also see iBooks available on May 28.
The iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. on Friday, May 28
Good stuff – nine more countries now have just over three weeks to wait for the iPad to be available. And pre-orders for both the WiFi and 3G models begin next Monday, May 10th.
Apple also announced today that the iPad will be launched in July in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.
Apple on Wednesday revealed that demand for the iPad is far higher than the company predicted, with more than a half-million U.S.-only sales in the first week. As a result, it has delayed the international launch of the iPad until the end of May.
Ouch. I feel sorry for those of you who were just getting excited about getting an iPad in around 10 days, and now have another month tacked onto the wait.
Now a date to remember is May 10 if you’re looking to acquire an iPad outside of the US. That’s when international pricing will be announced and Apple will begin taking online pre-orders. Apparently US 3G model pre-order deliveries are still on track.
Via: Apple Insider
Lots of rumors buzzing round over the last day or so that the iPad will launch in Canada – and also other countries that are part of its international launch – on April 24th.
If these prove true, that’s good stuff – it would be very nice to see the iPad start to go global much faster than the original iPhone did.