MAKER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has announced that the new Ipad will be available from 8am local time on Friday 16 March in the UK, the US and various other regions.
People are already queuing for the tablet, we hear, and it looks like they do not have much longer to wait. That is, if they can keep themselves occupied for over 40 hours.
Apple held a global launch event last Wednesday, where it revealed details of its latest tablet, and is wasting no time in making it available for excited customers. The Ipad will go on sale from 8am local time in countries including the UK, France, Hong Kong and the US.
This means that UK buyers get a chance to own the device several hours before their American cousins, but a few hours after gizmo-grabbing Australians.
The new Ipad has led to the sort of hype that surrounds any new Apple product, even though it is not much of an upgrade from the current version. Apple has added a new processor to support quad-core graphics, along with what it calls a 'retina' display with 2048x1536 resolution.
Many of the rumoured and desired additions, such as a keyboard dock and mini version, failed to materialise. Apple even went so far as denying its fans a new exciting name, simply dubbing this model the ‘new Ipad'.
However, despite the lack of groundbreaking additions, fanbois have already exhausted pre-order supplies of the tablet.
The first batch of online orders are still due to arrive by 16 March, the same day as the Ipads go on sale in store. However, by 9 March, only two days after pre-ordering was opened, Apple had pushed back the shipping date to 19 March.
Pre-orders are now listed with a dispatch date of two to three weeks.
The new Ipad starts from £399 for the most basic 16GB WiFi-only model, through to £659 for the WiFi+4G (3G in the UK) 64GB version.
Apple has also dropped the price of the Ipad 2, which now starts from £329 instead of £399.
From 23 March, the new Ipad will be available in a range of other countries, including Ireland, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand. µ