Apple opens international iPad App Stores

HOT Apple Computers + FREE Shipping“Ahead of a May 28th hardware launch, Apple has opened up international access to the iPad App Store,” MacNN reports.

“While foreign owners of American iPads have been able to get apps for some time, this has only so far been allowed via iTunes, not an iPad’s own store browser,” MacNN reports. “Using an iPad in theory offers the advantage of browsing only iPad-compatible apps, and operating independently of a desktop or notebook.”

MacNN reports, “Storefronts are said to be only partially functional however, for example lacking Apple’s official apps, iBooks and the iWork suite.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. So, as the lines form overseas prior to and on May 28th, will the still be able to push down the stock price, say that Apple sells pricy devices that no one can afford? Yes, the clueless talking heads can’t come up with more talking points to trash Apple.

    What will they do as their Windows world fades into the old school devices that no one will tolerate in the real world. In 1 or 2 years, what graduate entering the work force will not be using an iPad everyday! Remember about 30 years ago when the slide rulers turned into calculators? I still have one in my desk.

  2. I bought my iPad in Orlando on April 7. I have been using what was available through iTunes on my MBP. I’m delighted to now have access on my iPad. Interestingly, the iBook store, although granting access, has zero content!

  3. For example, look around a doctor’s office. Remember when every secretary desk had a typewriter? It is hard to find a secretary or their typewriter they were typing your hand written information with. Some young people may have never seen a typewriter. Clipboards with forms will make that same transaction into the iPad tablets soon! A $500 iPad is less than 1 weeks salary with expenses to do it the old way or get it entered into the computer data base.

  4. Hi cptnkirk. I got my wife the first iPad on the release day in the Tice’s Apple Store. Sorry you had to go so far. I hope your next one is closer to home soon.

    I remember seeing some people in NY that were in from Europe and getting theirs.

  5. As for me, I have both Oz and US accounts (I move back and forth), and shop in both stores. In the US app store, unlike here, there is a choice at the top of the page, defaulting to iPhone, between iPhone/iPad. That doesn’t exist in the Australian store (currently). Some items are not on sale here. I checked the geographical difference in prices in each store: For example, of Bento (US $4.99, A$ 5.99) and Pinball HD (US 2.99, here 3.99), so a continuing premium for A$ buyers, where A$1 = $0.90 (more or less).

  6. Here in Australi, the iPad apps were “hidden” on iTunes. You had to search for titles. Now there are over 30 pages of apps.

    Today the app store on my iPad (sent to me from the States on opening day) went live and I am in REAL trouble – there are so many apps and only sooooo much money n my account! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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    I remember the solid leather (I think it was made from water buffalo) slide rule case I so proudly had attached to my belt. I was a geek back then, too. (circa 1960)

    Cheers from Oz.

  7. @ David List…

    Mate, you forget GSt (getting screwed twice), the KRUDD tax, the MP Michael Johnson “whats in it for me tax”, shipping, handling and packaging.

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    I really feel Apple Asia needs to pull their head out and get realistic about how much they r@pe and pillage us Aussies.

    (sorry for the mis-spell in the last post – Australi = Australia at 2:17 AM)

    Cheers from the land downunder…

  8. @ cptnkirk, and any others in Canada:

    I am in TO as well. Some of my friends that preordered on day 1 here have apparently seen their delivery dates move later, while I have not. Has anyone else seen a delay in their projected delivery date in Canada?

  9. @MizuInOz

    “I really feel Apple Asia needs to pull their head out and get realistic about how much they r@pe and pillage us Aussies. “

    Try living over here in Godzone if you want to see high prices for Apple products. Apart from GST (soon to go 15%), we also pay the SATT (shipping across the Tasman) tax.

    And the Coriolis effect is evidently so strong in the southern hemisphere that the iPad won’t make it across until July. The prevailing westerlies don’t seem to help.

    Cheers from the other land down under…

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