There was a bit of a mystery about when the iPad 3G would actually start shipping but Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc. have been able to get to the bottom of the 3G iPad apparition. Apple announced yesterday that the 3G iPad availability in the US will be Friday April 30th and they will be there for US customers to buy from the stores too. Not bad!
But what about the international Apple customers?
Despite that fact that there is no sign of any pricing for the iPad in the UK or the rest of the world, there has been no change to the projected date of May 10th for the Pre Orders for a delivery at the end of May. All of these delays are being blamed on delays of getting the displays from South Korea, LG Display and Samsung. The screens are also being made in Japan by Seiko Epson. These are really rumours because no one is actually going on record to say for definite what is going on.
According to MacWorld UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland are having to wait until an unspecified date at the end of May. Apple will however, announce international pricing details on Monday 10 May.
I think it will be interesting also to see how we will get ripped off by the Telephone companies O2, Vodafone and Orange. All three companies have different prices depending where you are in Europe. O2 and Telefonica are the same company but the Spanish people get ripped off when it comes time for setting prices for mobile broadband data, not to mention phone calls. iPad 1 sale, iPad 2 sale or iPad 2 sales are continuing at an amazing pace. The new announcements in January 2012 from Apple about textbooks and the Apple iBooks Author software will mean that iPads will become even more a part of education and society in general. McGaw Hill Pearson, Dorling Kindersley are putting interactive technology textbooks into the hands of school children through the Apple iBooks Store. It is also possible that teachers in schools or anyone that wants to create a textbook will be able to sell iBooks to a huge educational market.