Apple’s iPad 2 arrives in 25 more countries this Friday; Available in Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore in April

Apple today announced that iPad 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

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.

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in 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 UK on March 25 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) 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 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing 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 or via the iTunes App Store. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 (US) or rich leather for $69 (US).

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: If Apple spreads their meager iPad 2 supply any thinner…

Seriously, they can’t adequately supply Omaha, but they’re going to launch in 25 countries? What are they going to do ship 25 iPad 2 units, one to each country? Either that, or they’ve been sitting on a stockpile and having U.S. customers line up at 4am for the last week and a half as a publicity stunt. Neither option is very palatable or acceptable. Paging Dr. Cook, Dr. Tim Cook, operations genius…

Let’s hope instead that Apple experienced huge, unexpected (for some unknown reason) levels of demand, but now they’ve somehow magically increased production to the point where they can now satisfy 26 countries around the world by this Friday.

31 Comments

  1. Must be someone at MDN hasn’t gotten his iPad 2 yet.
    People waiting in line fall into three categories:
    (1.) The unemployed. Buy one, resell it, make a profit, come back the next day.
    (2.) Those who enjoy the spectacle of it all.
    And should they be whining about Apple’s struggle to sate rampant demand, that’s because they lack the single brain cell it took to spend 10 minutes ordering one online on March 11. Got mine a week ago.

  2. Am I happy to live in Shanghai, 3 of my buddies already bought their new iPads from the local dealer (not the Apple Store), and a Apple sales guy said there are probably over 7000 of them in town.

  3. NEWS FLASH: The world does NOT revolve around Omaha.

    The demand for the first iPad surprised everyone… including Apple. Anticipating equal or greater demand, Apple produced much more iPad 2’s for its launch. But again the demand exceeded their (and our) expectations.

    It has been estimated that demand was not just more than for the iPad 1, but that it was about 3-times as much.

    During the first weekend of sales for the iPad 1 blew everyone away with approximately 300,000 sold (the biggest launch of ANY consumer device in history). During the first weekend of US-only sales of the iPad 2, it has been estimated that up to 1 million units were sold.

    Apple is a good company, but they are not miracle workers. There is no way that they could have met that demand unless they stockpiled for months (setting the introduction back for those months). Of course they would also have to have known the future and foreseen that there would have been 3-times the demand for the iPad 2… Hindsight is always 20/20 😉

    Apple obviously planned for a worldwide release schedule with certain numbers of iPad 2’s allocated for each part of the world.

    Are you suggesting that the rest of the world’s allocation be given to the US, just so that you can get your Ipad 2 a little bit faster?

    Is it so difficult to wait a few weeks to get your iPad 2, if you weren’t fast enough to get one from the initial allocation for the US?

    Get real.

    1. Dead on.

      I’ll just go right ahead and say it: MDN is my favourite Mac News site because of exactly the thing that pisses me off in this article – the MDN Take.

      They’re (generally) witty, funny, to the point, above average smart and generally well balanced (even if ever so gently balanced towards our favourite tech company)

      But DUDES.
      Enough with the big baby whining! jeeeesh
      You got a gazzillion iPads for launch, ate them all in one WE and now you got none left. Dr. Tim Cook “operations genius” put aside a couple of iPads to us other COUNTRIES (not towns or villas…. “Omaha” SERIOUSLY???) apart from your gazillion. Now you want the gazillion AND our 50 units??? Get off!!

      If Dr. MDN Take witty comebacks genius really thinks that Apple is more worried about successfully meeting the demand of Omaha instead of say, FRANCE (and I don’t even like the frenchie all that much), UK, or please-make-it-more-than-10-units-this-time-we-always-get-screwed-Portugal, you are in a serious need for a reality check.

  4. Apple Inc doesn’t need to stack the numbers by rushing the international launch. It must be a combination of not wanting to delay rollout by a month like last year and at least some degree of supply confidence. As KenC implies, some of those still n lines today are there because others before them routed their purchases to the grey market. That and staggering demand. Ramping up to 3 or 4 million of these a month is no easy task. A few more production plants would help. But I agree that on the surface it doesn’t look like the customer is #1.

  5. Maybe the end of the fiscal quarter is a factor. It ends Saturday night so any online orders before then would probably be booked as sales in this quarter even though delivery is down the line. Just like booking sales when a reseller accepts the product in their inventory.

  6. Come on, MDN, admit. If Apple had reneged on its commitment to launch internationally on March 25th, then you would have been all over them. Instead, they stick with their commitment and save some inventory for our fellow Apple fans across the water and you whine because we don’t have enough iPad 2’s to satisfy demand in the U.S.

    MDN has griped a lot in recent months about Mossberg’s alleged “Android Tourette’s Syndrome.” But MDN seems to have acquired a “diss Apple” syndrome. I can only assume that you are overly sensitive about being accused of Apple favoritism, and are now trying to balance things out. That will only work if you legitimately criticize Apple. What you are doing now is like an NBA ref attempting to atone for a bad call with another bad call. Two bad calls don’t make a good call.

    Save your Apple criticism for when it is warranted.

  7. I’m happy to see this. It seems to me that having overseas sales will free up many iPad 2s in the US because the incentive to pay people to wait in line for iPads that are going to be shipped overseas is substantially reduced.

    You might still have to wait in line but the people in front of you are more likely to buy a single iPad 2 in many different configurations rather than all the WiFi and AT&T models 2 at a time.

  8. Let’s see, do we piss off MDN or the rest of the world?

    It must have been one hell of a decision Apple executives had to make. I’m thinking MDN got the short end of the stick because of their political leanings.

  9. i think you guys in the US who are passing all these comments are missing a balanced perspective ..

    consider this .. when a new Apple product goes on sale in the US – an iPhone – there are buyers in India, Thailand, Middle east that are sending people to get one ON THE DAY that it is launched, buy it, and FLY back immediately and deliver at insane prices !!! think an iPhone for 4 or 5000 $ ! Or the iPad 2 at 3000$ !!
    i got a call today to offer it to me the 32 Gb for 1800$ !!
    so Apple knows that ! and all of us back seat drivers can basically shut up and just let the drivers drive – our commentary only shows how little we know and how ‘stooopid’ we are in terms of understanding their end of the issues to be handled ..
    … in an ideal world – supply and demand would magically get balanced and production would happen by the swish of ‘harry potters wand’. Do you have ANY concept of what it would take to not only create but balance production for an item that the WHOLE WORLD would want ?

    isn’t it time we all grew up and wasted less time on such matters that ( we understand ..! & ) deserve our time .. !

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