Apple: iPad WiFi + 3G and iBookstore Limited Release

Apple TabletVerbatim from the Apple iPad AU/NZ press release:
[quote]Pricing & Availability
iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date. iBookstore will be available in the US at launch.[/quote]
It takes a bit of decoding, but I read it like this:

  • WiFi models available everywhere at launch
  • WiFi + 3G “US and selected countries” at launch
  • iBookstore “US at launch”

This does not bode well for iBookstore availability in New Zealand, especially when we consider that the Kindle is still not available in New Zealand. What the heck is going on with New Zealand book publishers? Care to comment?

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  1. I know crazy. At least you can get the Kindle App that has over 300,000 books and use that according to Amazon. Haven’t tried it myself on the ipod touch though.

  2. I'm intrigued by those Chromium tablet renders. Especially how far from implementation they are. It looks gorgeous, but if there's no code that will run like that, it's kinda pointless.

    Listening to and reading some iPad hands-on comments, the one thing they all remark on is how polished the UI is. Super fast, and absolutely zero quirks. I don't trust Google/Android to get there after my experiences with their phones.

    But I'm picky.

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