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Tossing aside rumors of a delay, Apple has officially confirmed that the iPad 2 will debut in 25 more countries this Friday, March 25 as originally scheduled -- which probably won’t make frustrated would-be buyers in this country any happier.
Apple announced on Tuesday that the iPad 2 will go on sale as originally planned in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. The playbook is largely the same, with online orders beginning at 1am local time and in-store orders launching at 5pm local time in Apple retail stores as well as select Apple Authorized Resellers. The international launch also follows the same pricing for both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models.
So where will you be able to grab an iPad 2 worldwide on Friday? The 25 lucky countries include 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 U.K.
Apple has also announced that Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and “additional countries” will get their iPad 2 in April, with “many more countries around the world in the coming months.”
With recent reports claiming that up to half of the iPad 2 models purchased in flagship stores such as New York City being purchased for shipment overseas -- where they’re resold for up to three times Apple’s retail price -- here’s hoping that Friday’s international launch will relieve some of the suffering U.S. buyers are feeling from being turned away when the stores sell out each day.
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