Apple announced today via a press release that the iPad will be available in nine additional countries starting on May 28, with pre-orders beginning on May 10 as previously scheduled. After supply shortages marked the iPad’s international launch, Apple seems to be ready to take its new toy overseas.
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will be the first countries to get the iPad outside the United States. The general press release did not include pricing details. However, if you go to the country specific press releases you will find pricing details. A few examples: Canada and Australia.
In Europe, pricing will start at 499€ for the 16GB Wi-Fi, 599€ for the 32GB, and 699€ for the 64GB. Add 100€ to each for the Wi-Fi + 3G price of each model. Australia‘s pricing starts at AUS $629/$759/$879 for Wi-Fi models, and AUS$799/$928/$1049 for the Wi-Fi + 3G. All Australian prices include GST. In Canada, pricing for Wi-Fi models is CAD $549/$649/$749, and $679/$779/$879 for Wi-Fi + 3G.
In July, Apple plans to release the iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore. Missing from the list are several large Asian nations such as South Korea, India and Japan, and the Middle Eastern region including Israel.
The iPad has been very successful in the U.S. The product seems to be making a dent in the computer market already. Many analysts already estimate the iPad revenue will probably reach $1billion within the first three months of availability. We don’t know how the international market will react. However, based on what we have seen from international potential buyers, it seems the iPad will have a very strong demand overseas!