Tuesday, March 22, 2011

iPad 2 hits 25 countries this Friday

iPad 2 hits 25 countries this Friday: "

Earlier this morning, Apple announced that the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 countries this Friday, March 25th. The retail frenzy will begin at 5:00 PM local time via Apple Stores, complete with boisterous, fist-pumping sales staff, and select authorized resellers. Insomniacs can take advantage of online sales which begin at 1:00 AM.

As for pricing, here are some numbers. MacStories points out that the Italian pricing is €479,00 for the WiFi 16 GB model, €579,00 for the WiFi 32 GB model and €679,00 for WiFi 64 GB. The WiFi + 3G models will be available for €599,00, €699,00 and €799,00.

Meanwhile, in The UK, customers will pay £399.00 for the 16 GB model, £479.00 for the 32 GB model, £559.00 for the 64 GB model. Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available for £499.00, £579.00 and £659.00. That's cheaper than the first iPad and an even better value considering VAT in the UK went up from 17.5% to 20%.

Finally, our friends in Australia will pay $579, $689 and $799 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and and 64 GB Wi-Fi models, respectively, and $729, $839 and $949 for the Wi-Fi + 3G models.

Check out the press release for the official list of countries. Of course, we'd love to have your stories and photos from line. Tweet us with the #ipad2line hashtag to share.

[Via Engadget]

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Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April

CUPERTINO, California-March 22, 2011-Apple(R) today announced that iPad(R) 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store(R) (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

'While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we've changed the game again with iPad 2,' said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. '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.'

iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple's new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime(R) and Photo Booth(R), and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.

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.

iMovie(R) and GarageBand(R) for iPad apps are available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store℠ on iPad or www.itunes.com/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 (US) or rich leather for $69 (US).

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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