This should flare yet more Blighty tempers...
Apple has announced the 3G equipped version of the iPad will launch in the US on 7 May. By contrast international pre-orders, and indeed even pricing, won't be clarified until 10 May with shipping not expected until late in the month. Interestingly, Apple has also sent emails to US customers who pre-ordered an iPad 3G before today saying these should still be received by late April:
"To Our Valued Apple Customer:
Thank you for your recent order of the magical and revolutionary iPad 3G. We would like to confirm that your order will be shipped in late April as communicated at the time you placed your order. You will receive a confirmation notice when your order has shipped.
Of course news Apple is once again favouring its US customers will likely frustrate international customers - especially given a) the company said during its launch that iPad 3G shipments in the US would coincide with iPad & iPad 3G shipments to other countries, and b) it follows that rather smarmy line used to confirm iPad delays that "We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason-the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far."
In the meantime, this is quite enough iPad news and until we get some official UK pricing and release dates (that Apple can stick to) I'm shutting up shop on all things giant iPod touch related...
Update: In a formal announced Apple has announced "the Wi-Fi 3G models of its magical iPad will be delivered to US customers who’ve pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5:00 p.m."
Good news, but Apple please stop calling it 'magical'. It makes you look very silly indeed.
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