iPad in Australia on 28 May

Dave Bullard and Xavier Verhoeven
7 May, 2010
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Patient Australian Apple fans will finally get the iPad on Friday, 28 May, at prices starting from $629, Apple announced tonight.

Pre-orders for the ‘magical’ tablet computer will begin on Monday, 10 May.

Australian recommended retail prices are:

Wi-Fi iPad
16GB, $629
32GB, $759
64GB, $879

Wi-Fi + 3G iPad
16GB, $799
32GB, $928
64GB, $1049

The iBooks app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store on 28 May.

The dates also apply to iPad sales in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

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.

Apple also says it plans to release the iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

Of note, pricing for the 16GB Wi-Fi model is very near a direct conversion (depending on the exact exchange rate) of the US$499 price, plus GST. This price is lower than many pundits were expecting, and should make the iPad accessible to a lot of Apple fans around the country. Perhaps the days of the ‘Apple tax’ are behind us. Combined with the anticipation following the delay, such aggressive pricing will likely result in an incredibly successful Australian launch.

Update: After only a few days of pre-orders, the online Apple Store is now listing 7 June as the expected shipping date. If you didn’t get in early but can’t stand the extra wait, you may be better off lining up at your nearest Apple Store to grab your own iPad when 28 May rolls around.

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