Solid gold, diamond-encrusted iPad for the truly ‘elite’

Australian Macworld staff
17 May, 2010
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For many Australians, owning an iPad is still enough of a gimmick that it makes you the envy of your friends. But perhaps that’s not enough for you to show off your wealth and tech-superiority? Maybe what you need is an iPad that costs as much as a house.

The iPad Supreme Edition, designed and crafted by Katherine Hughes, is a Wi-Fi + 3G, 64 GB iPad made of solid gold and encrusted with 25.5 karats of ‘I’F’ flawless diamonds. The rear case and bezel is made from a single piece of solid 22-karat gold and, on the back, the Apple logo is bedazzled with 53 individually set gems. The cost? A cool £129,995, or approximately $213,000.

Lavish enough for you? Better get it quick, because only ten of these units are to be made, and if you’re going to spend $213,000 on technology that will by nature be obsolete in a year or so, you’d best grab it at the beginning of its life cycle for maximum longevity — upgrades aren’t cheap in the gold-meets-tech market.

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