Apple Readies iPad for International Launch on May 28th

By on May 9, 2010
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Pre-orders for the iPad 3G/WiFi + 3G will begin on May 10th.

Apple today announced that its preparing its tablet device, the iPad, for a May 28th international launch in nine countries. The countries are: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. While individual prices these countries have not been announced, the iPad will available for the following in the UK:

  • 16GB Wi-Fi: £429 (inc. VAT)
  • 32GB Wi-Fi: £499 (inc. VAT)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi: £599 (inc. VAT)
  • 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G: £529 (inc. VAT)
  • 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G: £599 (inc. VAT)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G: £699 (inc. VAT)

As the iPad slowly becomes available globally, this could mean that an ‘official’ release by Apple for Middle East could be near. We will keep you updated with that, in the meanwhile, the full press release below.

Press release:
Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on Friday, May 28. Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple’s online store in all nine countries beginning on Monday, May 10. In the US, Apple has already sold over one million iPads and customers have downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store, as well as over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*

The App Store on iPad lets you wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the world’s largest app store. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. Developers have created more than 5,000 exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

Pricing & Availability
Apple plans to release iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July. Apple will announce availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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