Apple iPad Launches In 9 More Countries Friday
Apple announced on Monday that the iPad will be available in nine more international markets on Friday, July 23 including Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore. Both the Wi-Fi and 3G models will be available in these regions at launch, and Apple has not announced pre-orders for either model. Instead, customers will have to line up on launch day to get their hands on Apple's popular tablet gadget. Apple also did not announce any official pricing for the new iPad regions.
Apple said in its announcement on Monday that is also plans on releasing the iPad to "many more countries" throughout 2010. So expect to hear more announcements including local pricing and availability in the coming months. The iPad is already available in the U.S. and Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K.
In May, Apple said it had sold two million iPads during the first 60 days of the tablet device's availability in the U.S. and other countries around the world. The company has not announced iPad sales since then, but that is likely to change on Tuesday when Apple announces its third quarter financial results for 2010.
Monday's announcement by Apple comes as the company tries to moves past the recent iPhone 4 antenna debacle that has tarnished the company's image over the past few weeks. On Friday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that any iPhone 4 customers experiencing signal loss would be provided a $30 bumper case free of charge to solve the iPhone 4 antenna issue. As an alternative, new iPhone 4 owners may also return their phones to Apple for a full refund. Both offers will expire on September 30, but they could be extended if Apple deems it necessary. Apple also reiterated on Friday that it plans on launching the iPhone 4 in 17 more countries by the end of July.
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