After days of excruciating “will they, won’t they” speculation, Apple have finally issued a press release confirming that the launch of the iPad 2 is most certainly on for this Friday. Pre-orders will begin via the Apple Store at 3am and – joy of joys – prices have dropped to lower than the pre-GST-rise levels set when the original iPad launched last year. Keep reading for the full press release from Apple.
iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday
Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April
NEW ZEALAND, Auckland—23 March 2011—Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday 25 March. iPad 2 will be available at select Apple Authorised Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.co.nz) beginning at 3 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.
“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.
Pricing & Availability
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on 25 March.
In New Zealand, iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of NZ$799 inc GST for the 16GB model, NZ$949 inc GST for the 32GB model, NZ$1,099 inc GST the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a RRP of NZ$998 inc GST for the 16GB model, NZ$1,149 inc GST for the 32GB model and NZ$1,289 inc GST for the 64GB model.
iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.
iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for NZ$6.49 inc GST each from the App Store℠ on iPad or www.itunes.co.nz/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colours in vibrant polyurethane for NZ$69 inc GST or rich leather for NZ$119 inc GST.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
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 has re-invented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
So… are you buying one? Is there even any point in queuing up anywhere now that you can secure your purchase in the wee hours? What isn’t immediately evident from this information is whether shipping is going to be quick or take several weeks like it is in the US right now. When the iPhone 4 launched online in New Zealand there was a 3-4 week shipping delay so this could well be the case for the iPad 2, but only time will tell.