Apple has launched the iPad in Canada, several European countries, Japan, and Australia. This is the first time this very popular tablet computer has been available outside of the United States.
The full list of countries is Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Both versions of this tablet and all configurations are available, so purchasers will have a choice between an iPad with or without 3G cellular-wireless access and 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of internal storage.
Pricing by Country
In Canada, the iPad is $550 CAN for the 16 GB/non-3G version. The 32 GB and 64 GB versions are $100 CAN and $200 CAN more. Adding support for 3G service adds $120 CAN to all these prices.
The 16 GB/non-3G version of the iPad is selling down under for A$630, and the 32 GB and 64 GB versions are A$750 and A$880, respectively. Adding support for 3G service brings these prices to A$800, A$930, and A$1050.
Apple has also promised to introduce the ipad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.
The company will reveal availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The ipad is Apple’s answer to the netbook. It’s a device that packs more functionality than a smartphone, but is also more portable than a laptop.
Since it lacks a built-in physical keyboard, users enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel, capacitative touchscreen while on the go. Apple also offers a Keyboard Dock for typing, plus the iPad will support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The tablet computer runs the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and comes with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
It is also able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the 5,000 apps created specifically for the device. In addition, it is able to access the iTunes Store to buy music, TV shows, movies and games. A new iBooks app lets users buy and read books.
The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, and Apple promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.