All models (both Wi-Fi and 3G) of the iPad tablet will be available in Australia in late April, Apple Australia announced today.
This is just a few weeks after the Wi-Fi model goes on sale in the US (April 3), and the same time as the 3G version’s availability there.
Other countries slated for sale at the same time are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.
“iPad is something completely new,” Apple quoted CEO Steve Jobs as saying in its press release. “We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”
Apple made no mention of the iBookstore’s availablity here at the time of launch. This is the company’s iTunes-like online store for books, newspapers and magazines.
News Ltd reports that the secretive company may have given the game away this week by advertising for an iBooks Asia Pacific and Canada manager to be based on Sydney or Toronto.
“The position is responsible for launching and growing the iBook business in Asia Pacific and Canada and building an extensive offering for customers,” the ad read. “This will involve working with the iBooks and iTunes teams in Cupertino, Canada, Australia and other countries.”
iPad will allow users to browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks – and do many more things no one has thought of yet. The tablet computer, which many refer to as an oversized iPhone or iPod touch, is just 1.27cm thick and weighs just 680g – thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook, Apple says – and delivers battery life of up to 10 hours.
Apple says Australian pricing will be announced at the time of availability.