Apple is going to launch the iPad 2 in Japan tomorrow, April 28th, the company said in a press release this morning. On Friday, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, India, Israel, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey and United Arab Emirates will be the next countries where the iPad 2 will be released.
The iPad 2 was initially scheduled to be released on March 25th but after the devastating 9.0 earthquake on March 11th, Apple had to delay the launch. Japanese residents will be able to order the iPad 2 online from 1 a.m. or buy it from Apple Stores and authorised retailers from 9 a.m. local time. Chinese customers can expect to see the Wi-Fi version from May 6th.
The suggested retail price will be: $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 or the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.
Sales figures for the iPad 2 are predicted to be higher in this quarter than in the previous one, as most likely, the LCD delivery problem will be solved and the iPad 2 will be available to a broader audience, being launched in more countries.
This week seems to be a “launch week” for Apple, as they are also launching the much-awaited white iPhone 4.