Apple has announced that both the Wi-Fi only and 3G versions of its iPad will reach Australian shores on 28 May.
Local pricing for the tablet is set to begin at $629 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only version, with the 64GB Wi-Fi and 3G version selling for the highest price point of $1049. Australians will pay as much as $113 more than US consumers for the device after a direct currency conversion.
(See local pricing below)
As expected, Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the iPad on 10 May.
A similar measure was used by the company to gauge anticipation for the iPad prior to the US launch, but "overwhelming demand" at its initial launch prompted shipping delays to other countries, including Australia. Apple has reportedly sold one million iPads in just under a month in the US alone.
While all of the major Australian telcos have committed to offering price plans for the iPad, they are yet to announce pricing or release the micro-SIM card required to utilise mobile data services on the tablet. It is yet to be ascertained whether carriers will subsidise the iPad through mobile data plans.
The launch of the iPad in Australia will also bring with it the iBookstore app, a feature previously thought to be missing on local flavours of the tablet. However, a job posting from Apple for an Australia/Canada iBooks manager hinted to an escalated effort from the gadget company to sign the necessary contracts with local publishers in order to make the e-book platform available at launch.
Australian consumers and software developers alike have already jumped on board the iPad wagon, with several keen Apple fans importing the tablet from the US. Several high-selling iPad apps are also homegrown.
Local iPad Pricing
- 16GB Wi-Fi: $629 ($US499)
- 32GB Wi-Fi: $759 ($US599)
- 64GB Wi-Fi: $879 ($US699)
- 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G: $799 ($US629)
- 32GB Wi-Fi and 3G: $928 ($US729)
- 64GB Wi-Fi and 3G: $1049 ($US829)