Apple iPad 3 to Hit Stores in Germany, UK, France on March 23rd?

With only two weeks before the third generation iPad is expected to be unveiled, it seems the international roll out will be at a similarly fast pace as the iPhone 4S; according to the latest reports, European Apple fans will be able to get their hands on the precious tablet from March 23rd.

Despite earlier suggestions that the iPad 3 will reach select European markets sometime in April, German website iFun.de (via ModMyi for those whose Deutsch is not so heiss), quoting "a source that should be taken seriously" proposes the tablet will go on sale in Germany on the 23rd March. Additionally, the roll out in France, Great Britain, Japan and Hong Kong is expected soon after the announcement in the US.

The rumour might have some truth to it, as recent Apple history shows us. The Cupertino based company pushed its flagship iPhone to international markets with unprecedented speed. Also, a year ago the second generation iPad expanded its availability to markets worldwide within two weeks of the formal introduction.

If the iPad 3 release is on March 7th, then it wouldn't be so farfetched for German Apple fans, and those here in the UK, to expect the device to reach them by the end of next month.