iPad to reach Irish shores in July

Steve Jobs unveiling the iPad in January 2010

Steve Jobs unveiling the iPad in January 2010

Irish customers will have to wait until July to officially get their hands on an iPad, despite the international launch taking place at the end of this month. Apple has announced that the tablet device will go on sale outside the US on the 28th May, however some countries will have to wait a little longer than others.

From Monday Apple fans in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland will be able to pre-order the device ahead of its launch. Apple says all models will be available at launch too, meaning customers will have the choice of a WiFi or 3G iPad from day one.

However Irish customers; along with those from Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore; will not be able to buy it until an as-yet-unspecified date in July.

In reality Irish iPad-fans who cannot wait that long could take a trip to Belfast’s Apple Store to buy one – provided they were in stock.

When it does launch in the UK the basic 16GB WiFi iPad will cost £429. The highest-spec model – the 64GB 3G iPad – will cost £699. This would equate to around €499 and €800 respectively for Irish customers.

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