iPad release dates announced

Launch of new Apple platform coming May 28
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Apple has announced that the iPad launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will happen on May 28. Pre-orders will be possible from May 10.

Over one million iPads have already been sold in the USA, with a reported 12 million apps already having been downloaded onto them from the App Store.

The RRP’s (inc. VAT) for the device have been set in the UK at £429 for 16GB, £499 for 32GB, £599 for 64GB for Wi-Fi models and £529 for 16GB, £599 for 32GB and £699 for 64GB for Wi-Fi + 3G models.

The iPad will be sold through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

A release in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore will happen in July.

Apple will announce availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.