Today marks the official release of the iPad not only in Australia, but also in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Being positioned where we are in the timezones meant Australians were second only to the US to get their hands on the device.
Apple sold one million iPads in the US in just 28 days after launch, with strong sales continuing. With the first wave of an international rollout happening today, expect that number to grow substantially.
Naturally it’s an exciting time for people who purchase their iPad today and for some, getting to touch the device for the first time. As you can see from the graphic above, the iPad comes with a fairly vanilla set of pre-loaded applications. New iPad owners should head to the App Store for 3rd party applications which dramatically enhance the usefulness of the iPad. There’s a good mixture of free and paid, with a lot of Australian-based applications arriving in the store today.
iPad is available in Australia for a recommended retail price of AUS$629 inc GST for 16GB, AUS$759 inc GST for 32GB, AUS$879 inc GST for 64GB for Wi-Fi models and AUS$799 inc GST for 16GB, AUS$928 inc GST for 32GB and AUS$1049 inc GST for 64GB for Wi-Fi + 3G models. iPad will be sold through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers.
Later today I’ll be posting a best and worst of iPad applications videos, there are some standouts in both categories. Check back later today for an update to this post.
More info @ Apple Australia