Apple iPad Available in New Zealand in July

Update: Apple have officially announced that the iPad will be on sale from 23rd July. Prices start from $799.

Apple iPadIt’s official: Apple says they plan to release the iPad in a bunch of new countries, including New Zealand, in July. Based on the Australian pricing, I’ll hazard a guess that the base models will hit at around $750 or $800 NZ dollars.

Full press release follows:
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 8 May 2010 – Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on Friday, 28 May. Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple’s online store in all nine countries beginning on Monday, 10 May. In the US, Apple has already sold over one million iPads and customers have downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store, as well as over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 13.4mm thin and weighs just 680 gms—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*

The App Store on iPad lets you wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the world’s largest app store. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. Developers have created more than 5,000 exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

Pricing & Availability

iPad is available in Australia for a recommended retail price of AUS$629 inc GST for 16GB, AUS$759 inc GST for 32GB, AUS$879 inc GST for 64GB for Wi-Fi models.  Wi-Fi + 3G models for a recommended retail price of AUS$799 inc GST for 16GB, AUS$928 inc GST for 32GB and AUS$1049 inc GST for 64GB. iPad will be sold through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com/au/store), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The iBooks™ app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store on 28 May.

Apple plans to release iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July. Apple will announce availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.

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15 Comments

  1. Is it just me, or does Apple’s release read like it wasn’t written for a New Zealand audience?

    It has an Auckland dateline, but that’s just been tagged on to what appears to be an Australian press release.

    1. It’s not just you. It looks like an Aussie press release, but I’m guessing the PR guys in Australia have been getting so many queries from Kiwis that they’ve rebranded it to keep us in the loop.

  2. I’ll buy a tablet at some point, but it probably won’t be from Apple.

    I want one that I can swap a fresh battery into if I need to on a heavy-use day.
    I want a tablet that will support HTML5 when it’s ready, but can do Adobe Flash today.
    I want a tablet that can wifi-tether to my phone if I want to or maybe use as a WiFi AP to tether other devices.
    I want a tablet that lets me access data from any source – FTP site, Windows/samba share, http download, whatever – and I can use that file / data immediately with any app.
    I want a tablet that can be an adhoc ftp or web for file server if I need it to be.

    After all, i can do all these things with my phone, so a big-screen tablet that can do them would be extra-good.

    But Apple won’t let me do any of this.

    So I won’t be buying an iPad. There are just too many things it can’t do that I need done….or do already with a non-Apple product.

    1. Steve Withers: Buy a PC laptop and run linux. Done. Solved.

      You aren’t the right person to have/need a tablet – just give up and get a laptop.

  3. Hi
    On this forum it says that the Apple I Pad is coming to New Zealand in July any idea what date in July please.

  4. I’m going green within my business and the Ipad will help me do that by not havng to print so many pieces of paper when I go to do a current market analysis for people who want to list their home and at the same time it makes it more exciting for my client. I’m also used to having every thing running smoothly when it comes to technology as I and so many people do.

  5. i did buy a tablet recently. It’s one of those $100 Android ones on TradeMe. They are low-spec and I didn’t expect much, but easily modified. Mine is now loaded with a optimised firmware from slatedroid.com that allows it to run really well. It also has access to the Android Market and can run all the apps on their that don’t need a camera or a phone. It’s like an iPod Touch, but 4 times as big and for half the price. I can have 8 of these for the same as an iPad. Good enough. 🙂

  6. I have a new app i bought for the ipad when I’m doing listing presentations and I’m downloading all my marketing pictures prices and a whole lot of other things to make it that much more professional and up with technology. I can’t wait to use it properly in 2011 :-}

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