Apple iPad to launch internationally on April 24?

Following the US launch of the iPad last Saturday, rumours are now circulating the web that Apple's tablet device could hit some international markets in as little as three weeks time. Reports suggest that Canada, the UK and much of Europe could be able to get hold of an iPad from Saturday April 24, in keeping with the "late April" date given by Apple.

Staff at Apple retail stores in Canada, the UK and Europe have been told they are not allowed to take time off on April 24 and extra staff have been asked to work on that day, according to various sources. Bitterwallet even claims that they have heard from an Apple employee who "explicitly claims the date is correct."

Apple originally gave late April as the launch date for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, and said that both the WiFi and 3G models would be available at this time. This suggests that the 3G models will launch in the US on the same date as the international launch.

The Saturday date would seem to fit as the US launch was also on a Saturday and gives the product more consumer exposure than a weekday launch. If the date is correct, then expect to be able to pre-order your iPad on the Apple website sometime soon. An announcement about the availability and pricing could be made at the iPhone OS event scheduled for tomorrow.

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Why is it the bashers are more interested in the product then anyone else?

You can guaranee in every iPad thread, the same old faces will pop in saying people are idiots, I won't buy one, etc, WE GET THE IDEA how many more times do you feel the need to get it across.

Wierd, if theres a topic that I'm not interested in I don't go into it, why do these few feel the need to spill there spite everywhere?

artfuldodga said,
i think many just feel the need to speak the truth, not troll really
at least thats what try and do

Who decides whats Truth? the truth for them might not be the truth for others. If they want to preach I'm sure theres a street corner they could find. I give you some might be like that, but theres several there that come in just for a good bash, they are there in any topic about Apple.

If there was a product I didn't like I wouldn't enter the thread.

We have the Ipad available in Pakistan since a week now saw some at a local tech shop ... maybe imported from US?

waqastariq said,
We have the Ipad available in Pakistan since a week now saw some at a local tech shop ... maybe imported from US?

In Pakistan? Yeah, right. Probably counterfeit.

the iPad will arrive to israel in may | Pelephone | Cellcome | Orange
3G+Wifi+ Data Plan [10GB] + For 18 months. about 200 Nis for a month. this all i can say right now.

Kingv84 said,
An iMac is just a giant MacBook. :-)

and a computer is a computer... the point of the tablet being "just a big iPod touch" is the fact people wanted more out of it then just an iPod touch.. they wanted a full blown computer with a touch interface.. thats why people say that, they expected more... not because of the hardware in it, but because of how it's used... it's not really the "middle ground" that apple calls it between the iphone and the iMac... it's just a larger iPhone/iPod touch... if they let you use it as a full blown system and also have an iPod/iPhone interface on it that you could launch then it is definatly the middle transition system

Edited by neufuse, Apr 7 2010, 2:44pm :

neufuse said,

and a computer is a computer... the point of the tablet being "just a big iPod touch" is the fact people wanted more out of it then just an iPod touch.. they wanted a full blown computer with a touch interface.. thats why people say that, they expected more... not because of the hardware in it, but because of how it's used... it's not really the "middle ground" that apple calls it between the iphone and the iMac... it's just a larger iPhone/iPod touch... if they let you use it as a full blown system and also have an iPod/iPhone interface on it that you could launch then it is definatly the middle transition system


OTOH, OS X isn't designed for touch input. See also the Windows CE failure.

neufuse said,

and a computer is a computer... the point of the tablet being "just a big iPod touch" is the fact people wanted more out of it then just an iPod touch.. they wanted a full blown computer with a touch interface.. thats why people say that, they expected more... not because of the hardware in it, but because of how it's used... it's not really the "middle ground" that apple calls it between the iphone and the iMac... it's just a larger iPhone/iPod touch... if they let you use it as a full blown system and also have an iPod/iPhone interface on it that you could launch then it is definatly the middle transition system

Thing is though, as far as UI's go, most of the iPad apps /are/ more than ipod/iphone apps.

It's not "just larger". Every app that's been specifically released for it takes advantage of the larger size, making apps that were a novelty on the iPhone, useful on the iPad.

Edited by Mark, Apr 7 2010, 2:37pm :

Northgrove said,

OTOH, OS X isn't designed for touch input. See also the Windows CE failure.

Yet, Windows 7 is desiigned for touch input...

neufuse said,

Yet, Windows 7 is desiigned for touch input...

sort of, but not quite .. its designed to be capable of touch when needed, for specific apps created where you can utilize touch you know, like touch SL (Silverlight) apps, or Media type apps from vendors etc.
yeah Windows 7 itself has touch capabilities but i wouldn't use them within Windows itself, much.. unless i was using a convertable tablet laptop/specific app, never on one of those stand up Monitors

anyhow, thats what Windows 7 is designed for, an 11" convertable netbook/tablet type device would be ideal, with some great apps or in browser..
think Gmails tablet UI redesign, would be perfect on such a device.. going from netbook to tablet when you like, would be great if Google gave us the option to switch to tablet mode at the bottom of the page

Edited by dingl_, Apr 7 2010, 3:18pm :

Strongly considering buying one.

The thing people keep forgetting is that an oversized iPod touch/iPhone actually isn't a bad idea those devices offer a very nice way to browse the web, but the screen's so small that you wouldn't want to do it while sitting on the couch. Meanwhile, while a laptop does work on the couch, and is kinda comfortable, it's not the best experience possible.

I don't have one here right now but my friend who bought one yesterday told me iPad is just another giant iPhone with bigger screen,nothing really special about this device except for people who like to read book and manga on it.

Shayla said,
I don't have one here right now but my friend who bought one yesterday told me iPad is just another giant iPhone with bigger screen,nothing really special about this device except for people who like to read book and manga on it.
Uhm, that was known since months back. Why did he still buy one?

acnpt said,

So you must have bought one?

No, it's a sufficient condition, but not a necessary condition. Plenty of people without iPads are idiots.

the better twin said,
Anyone who buys one is an idiot, especially if the wifi problems turn out to be hardware based like some are speculating.

Aren't that what warranties are for? If it is hardware related, when they fix it you'll get a new one so stop flapping

fmorel90 said,

No, it's a sufficient condition, but not a necessary condition. Plenty of people without iPads are idiots.


+1

Love how Apple are blaming people's routers with people having issues with their IPad's wi-fi. Is it apple's moto or something? Blame it on the other guy?

Thom said,
Love how Apple are blaming people's routers with people having issues with their IPad's wi-fi. Is it apple's moto or something? Blame it on the other guy?

Hey unless your router is an Apple Airport, then it's their problem not Apples

neufuse said,
Hey unless your router is an Apple Airport, then it's their problem not Apples
mine is!

As tempted as I am, 3G version has GPS.. Which would be sweet with the long battery and big screen.

Edited by Xero, Apr 7 2010, 3:28pm :

Thom said,
Love how Apple are blaming people's routers with people having issues with their IPad's wi-fi. Is it apple's moto or something? Blame it on the other guy?

Strangely enough my zoom router doesn't play too well with my iPhone 3G. Although all my other devices do. I hope everytime there's a firmware update that they've sorted it out