updated 08:55 am EDT, Fri May 7, 2010
Second wave of countries due in July
Clearing up a formerly ambiguous timetable, Apple has announced that the international launch of the iPad is now set for May 28th. Nine regions will get the tablet initially: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. A second wave is only expected in July, including Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.
When Apple set out dates for the American iPad, it originally scheduled international versions to ship in late April. Blaming "surprisingly strong" US demand, however, it quickly delayed distribution by a month. International online pre-orders are still set to begin on May 10th.
Prices have not been formally revealed in most cases, but the Globe and Mail reports that Canadian iPads will cost a minimum of $549 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. 32 and 64GB Wi-Fi tablets will cost $649 and $749. 3G models are set to cost $679, $779 and $879, respectively, although which carriers will support the iPad is unknown.