No iPad 2 launch details? (UPDATED)
As Friday dawns closer upon us, everybody aiming to have an iPad by the end of the 25th are still left with next to no details at all.
I find this quite strage. In the past, Apple has described what is going to happen, when it’s going to happen, basically everything line-goers, or even less drastic people need to know about getting the iPad, iPhone or whatever else they could be launching. The rumor going round at the moment is though, that Apple will be doing the same as they did in the United States, and do a 5 PM launch. This doesn’t sit to well with me. A 5PM launch, means sitting around in a shopping center all day, when there are other people there. Sitting there in the middle of the night, with no annoying kids, old people and families, is a much more enjoyable experience, even if you have to lose a couple hours of sleep for it.
Away from the people who actualy want to buy one in the flesh though now, even online pre-orders aren’t available right now. Apple has said nothing about the price point, or made any contact with (in my case) westfeild doncaster requesting them to open doors early or anything. I can see this would be the same for other shopping center stores.
Apart from all this confusion, which I expect to be cleared up tomorrow or the next day, I’m still looking forward to my iPad 2.
So guys, as expected, Apple has announced international launch details in a press conference last night. It will be the 5PM launch at retail stores, however online preorders will be starting from 1AM on Friday morning. Pricing has also been announced, with the 16gb wifi model starting from AU $570 and finishing up with the 64gb 3G model at $949. View the full press release bellow.
iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday
Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April
AUSTRALIA, Sydney—23 March 2011—Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday 25 March. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com.au) 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® and Photo Booth®, 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 25 March.
In Australia, iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of A$579 inc GST for the 16GB model, A$689 inc GST for the 32GB model, A$799 inc GST the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a RRP of A$729 inc GST for the 16GB model, A$839 inc GST for the 32GB model and A$949 inc GST 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® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for A$5.99 inc GST each from the App Store℠ on iPad orwww.itunes.com.au/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colours in vibrant polyurethane for A$45 inc GST or rich leather for A$79 inc GST.
*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 re-invented 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.