April 27, 2011

Apple to officially launch the iPad 2 starting in April 28 to 12 more countries - Philippines included

Apple have officially announced the launching of the iPad 2 in 12 more countries starting in April 28th. These 12 countries include Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Japan will get the device first on April 28th while the other 11 countries (assuming all of them are) will be getting the iPad 2 on the next day (April 29th). This announcement, via a presser, confirms the previous rumor we have with the iPad 2 in the Philippines.

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The device will be available on retail stores and select Apple resellers beginning 9AM local time. The device will start selling though at 1AM local time via the online Apple Store. The iPad 2 WiFi only version will start selling in China on May 6th. Read the press release below for more details on the pricing of the device.

Pricing in the Philippines:

iPad WiFi:

  • iPad 16 GB WiFi = Php 23,990
  • iPad 32 GB WiFi = Php 28,990
  • iPad 64 GB WiFi = Php 33,990

iPad WiFi + 3G:
  • iPad 16 GB WiFi 3G = Php 30,990
  • iPad 32 GB WiFi 3G = Php 35,990
  • iPad 64 GB WiFi 3G = Php 40,990

Press Release:

iPad 2 Arrives in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore & Eight Other Countries This Week

Wi-Fi Version Available in China on May 6

CUPERTINO, California—April 27, 2011—Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its breakthrough post-PC device, will arrive in Japan on Thursday, April 28 and Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries on Friday, April 29. 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® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Additionally, iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in China beginning Friday, May 6.

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 Japan on April 28 and Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE on April 29 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in China on May 6, and further international availability will be announced at a later date.

iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store℠ on iPad orwww.itunes.com/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 (US) or rich leather for $69 (US).

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Source: BGR


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