Apple has just announced that it is going to release the iPad in Canada, several European countries, and Australia near the end of this month. This will be the first time this tablet computer will be available outside of the United States.
Both versions and all configurations will be available at launch, 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.
Cost for the device and 3G service will almost certainly vary by country, but Apple has not yet revealed the prices for in each area.
Apple also promised today 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.