Will you be buying an iPad 2?

By on March 13, 2011
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Expect to pay a premium if you want to be first to own a iPad 2 in the UAE

The iPad 2 from Apple got released in the US this past Friday and many of you are wondering when will it be released in the UAE. Before that, let me quickly state that, from the reviews I’ve read, it seems like almost everyone has given it a thumbs up. It’s more of an evolutionary upgrade than a revolutionary one, which was expected if you follow Apple’s product cycles. In a nutshell, it’s much faster than the previous one, quite a bit thinner and has two cameras.

So coming to the question of when to expect the iPad 2 in the UAE, there is no official word on it, but someone on the EmiratesMac forums suggests the 1st of April. I doubt we’ll see it so soon as people ordering from the US  are getting a 2-3 week shipment delay and considering that Apple has stated that they will be launching the iPad 2 is 26 other countries by the end of March, I doubt they’ll have the production capacities to enter any new markets.

Unofficially, expect the iPad 2 units to be available in the usual channels for exorbitant prices by the end of this week. In fact, I can already someone willing to buy it at AED 8000 on souq.com and I’m sure that someone will sell it for that, or more. In fact, as sad as it sounds, I actually know a couple of people who won’t mind spending that much just to have the iPad 2 before anyone else. But if you are willing to wait, expect the prices to drop by half in a month or so and more when it officially lands in the UAE.

To give you an indication, the iPad 2 is priced exactly like the original iPad and I’m guessing that will be the case here in the UAE. The following table shows the price of the official price of the iPad prior to the announcement of the iPad 2 and these are the prices you should expect.

Wi-Fi Only Wi-Fi + 3G
iPad 16GB AED 2,199 (US$ 600) AED 2,799 (US$ 760)
iPad 32GB AED 2,649 (US$ 720) AED 3,249 (US$ 885)
iPad 64GB AED 3,099 (US$ 840) AED 3,699 (US$ 1000)

So what about you? Will you get one? We have a discussion going on in our forums on that. I know I’m tempted to get one but I have had the original iPad for a while and although I love it, I can’t think of it replacing my laptop which is what I eventually want my tablet to do. Maybe the BlackBerry Playbook or the Honeycomb equipped Motorola Xoom will do that- but I’ll still have to wait for them to be released here in the UAE and maybe while I am waiting, I’ll entertain myself with an iPad 2. In white.


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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

Comments
  • Gireshbr

    Premium a nice word for Black Marketing officially in UAE???

  • shanavas

    apple ipad 2 , 16 GB (white) WiFI Dh:3200 pls call me on 0555848410

  • Projects-1

    i really want to buy an ipad2 but anyone can inform me with prices in apple store

    16GB WIFI + 3G 2229AED
    any one have it with same or little different price contact me: projects-1@hotmail.com

    • http://twitter.com/ajaffarali Abbas Jaffar Ali

      Apple store wont sell them until they are officially released which might be a few months. Your only option is grey imports

    • http://twitter.com/ajaffarali Abbas Jaffar Ali

      Apple store wont sell them until they are officially released which might be a few months. Your only option is grey imports

  • Projects-1

    i really want to buy an ipad2 but anyone can inform me with prices in apple store

    16GB WIFI + 3G 2229AED
    any one have it with same or little different price contact me: projects-1@hotmail.com

  • Donia Kamal

    I need the Ipad 2 64 GB with WI-FI and 3G in black asap, how can I get it?

    • http://twitter.com/ajaffarali Abbas Jaffar Ali

      Try nahel.com or jadopado.com

    • Majekobaje

      call me on 0555612575. I have ipad 2, 64gb 3g + wifi and also iphone 4

    • Massouu

      Hello,

      I have Ipad 2 64 GB 3G if you want.

      Send me a mail massouu@hotmail.com

      Thx

  • M0hammade

    go to jackes they start sale

    • http://twitter.com/ajaffarali Abbas Jaffar Ali

      Definitely not Jackys- they are the most expensive ones in the UAE selling the iPad 2. Almost every other place I’ve seen it at, including the small booth type shops at MoE and Dubai Mall, are cheaper

  • Abbas

    Of course iPad 2 is in demand now a days.. I have already booked my iPad2 from technoeshop.com online selling site.. They are providing amazing prices for all electronics specially iPad2 .. I saved my lots of money..:) http://www.technoeshop.com/

  • Goga

    Hi, planing visit to Dubai in 13 Aprill like to but (Black IPAD 2 64GB wi-fi only)
    What best price in the Dubai or Jebel-Ali?
    Genn

  • Goga

    Hi, planing visit to Dubai in 13 Aprill like to but (Black IPAD 2 64GB wi-fi only)
    What best price in the Dubai or Jebel-Ali?
    Genn

  • Totradeonline

    I can supply genuine
    apple iPad 2 . please email me at totradeonline@live.ca please note shipment is from Canada

  • M Alkobaisi

    can you contact me m.alkobaisi@hotmail.com i need 32GB + 3G, ill be in dubai by 21st of april..

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  • abid

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    than 20 units please call me 0044 7564906375 or send email to.
    ash_sz2000 @yahoo.com
    thanks

  • http://twitter.com/NATIQALHAMADANY NATIQ ALHAMADANY

    its too expensive,your price more than 100$ comparing with others.

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