Apple has just begun taking pre-orders for the iPad in nine additional countries scattered around the world. This means the price for this tablet computer is now known in Canada, the UK, Australia, and other European and Asian countries.
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.
UK buyers who want to pick up Apple’s Tablet will have to put down £430 for the 16 GB/non-3G version, while the 32 GB version is £500 and the 64 GB version is £600. The 3G versions of these are £100 more.
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.
The Apple iPad will debut in these three countries as well as France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland on May 28. Pre-ordered placed today be be delivered on that date.
Apple has also promised to introduce the ipad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July, but is not yet taking pre-orders in these countries.
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.