Here’s a surprise: a press release arrived this morning announcing that iPads will be on sale from the Apple online store and “selected retailers” from this Friday, 23rd July. Prices start at $799. Full press release follows:
[quote]iPad Available in Nine More Countries This Friday
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 20 July, 2010 —Apple today announced that iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore this Friday, July 23. 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.*
Beginning this Friday, customers can purchase all models of iPad through the Apple Store and selected Apple Authorised Resellers.
Pricing & Availability
iPad is available from July 23 in New Zealand for a recommended retail price of NZ$799 inc GST for 16GB, NZ$979 inc GST for 32GB, NZ$1149 inc GST for 64GB for Wi-Fi models and NZ$999 inc GST for 16GB, NZ$1179 inc GST for 32GB and NZ$1349 inc GST for 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G models. iPad will be sold through the Apple Store (www.apple.co.nz) and select Apple Authorised Resellers. iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
**680 gms Wi-Fi model and 730 gms Wi-Fi + 3G model.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.[/quote]