Apple Announces New International Availability of iPad 2
Although Apple is making the biggest headlines Wednesday for addressing the iOS tracking scandal
and announcing Thursday's long-awaited availability of the white iPhone 4
, Apple has made a third announcement that will certainly be of interest to countless would-be iPad 2 buyers around the world.
This morning, Apple announced that the second-generation iPad will arrive in Japan on Thursday, April 28 and Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries this Friday, April 29th. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores at 9 a.m. local time, select Apple Authorized Resellers, and online through the Apple Store beginning at 1 a.m.
With regard to the tablet's availability in China, the world's largest and fastest growing mobile population, the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will reach China on Friday, May 6. The iPad 2 debuted in the US on March 11 and Apple bulked up distribution to 25 additional countries on March 25. Japan was initially scheduled for a March 25th launch, but the tragic earthquake there last month delayed the launch.
The full list of new countries getting the iPad 2 by Friday looks like this: Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE. Apple says that further international availability will be announced at a later date.