One of the star features of Apple’s new iPad may be absent when the device arrives in late March -- unless you live in the United States. Engadget is reporting that Apple Australia has just posted its own iPad information, and curiously absent from the laundry list of goodies is the iBooks application that soaked up so much of the “wow” factor at yesterday’s media event.
At first glance, everything seems to be at parity between Apple U.S. and Apple Australia, right down to the late March ship date for Wi-Fi only models and April for 3G models (although no carrier has been announced for Australia as yet). But as the image above conveys, the iBooks section is completely absent from the Australian Apple site.
To their credit, Apple’s press release for the iPad clearly stated: “iBookstore will be available in the U.S. at launch” -- with no further details as to what that might actually mean.
The absence of an iBooks section on Apple Australia’s website could be simply a temporary oversight while Apple gets their international ducks in a row. Time will tell.