UK iPad pricing revealed

Apple announced on Friday that the UK version of the iPad will go on sale May 28.

Pre-orders for the device begin on Monday May 10. The iPad will retail at the following prices:

  • iPad 16GB Wi-Fi Only - £429
  • iPad 32GB Wi-Fi Only - £499
  • iPad 64GB Wi-Fi Only - £599
  • iPad 16GB 3G - £529
  • iPad 32GB 3G - £599
  • iPad 64GB 3G - £699

Apple launched the 3G iPad version on April 30 in the U.S. and according to early estimates it shipped 300,000 units in the first weekend of sales. Earlier this week the company confirmed they had sold 1 million devices in just 28 days.

The iPad will also be available for customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland on May 28.

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What a f**king joke, do you realise how powerful a laptop can be bought for £599? And yes one that is both slim, more memory, SSD, better battery, this list goes on and on....but you get the drift.

Tartan said,
What a f**king joke, do you realise how powerful a laptop can be bought for £599? And yes one that is both slim, more memory, SSD, better battery, this list goes on and on....but you get the drift.

Yes, and for £599 you can buy a top of the range phone. A fairly mediocre TV, or a pretty high end fridge for your kitchen. The point is that the iPad isn't any of these (nor is it a laptop).

Find me a tablet with such great usability, design, battery life, screen (yes, the iPad screen is one of the best I've ever seen) for £429 and I'll reconsider.

•iPad 16GB Wi-Fi Only - £429
•iPad 32GB Wi-Fi Only - £499
•iPad 64GB Wi-Fi Only - £599
•iPad 16GB 3G - £529
•iPad 32GB 3G - £599
•iPad 64GB 3G - £699

haha, hehe, right, why would I pay this sort of money???!!! and then have to pay a contract on top of that if I wanted 3G. So where is the 3G/WiFi version??how much is that £799!!! I like new technology, put Apple are really taking the ****!! For £699 I could get a really good spec laptop that would even play some of the latest games.

Rip off is not the words I would use!!

US$ to GB£
16GB Wi-Fi Only - £338 - £91 more
32GB Wi-Fi Only - £406 - £91 more
64GB Wi-Fi Only - £473 - £126 more
16GB 3G - £426 - £103 more
32GB 3G - £494 - £105 more
64GB 3G - £561 - £138 more

this is the same as the US$, to the GB£. there ripping us off! but perhaps their hoping fanboys wont notice.

It is funny how many stupid people are in the uk. US companies have to follow tax regulations that are made by your government. Blame your government for requiring strict and expensive import taxes. Also having a strong currency like the pound, which is also expensive does not help matters either. Sent from my iPad.

Kingv84 said,
It is funny how many stupid people are in the uk. US companies have to follow tax regulations that are made by your government. Blame your government for requiring strict and expensive import taxes. Also having a strong currency like the pound, which is also expensive does not help matters either. Sent from my iPad.

64GB 3G £647 with import tax + shipping cost for one parcel, worked out with USA to the UK. considering that bulk shipping would be cheaper, and that was done using the retail price not the ware house price then yes. this is a rip off.

Edited by Ad Man Gamer, May 7 2010, 9:07pm :

an unbelievable rip-off, that won't stop it selling since I doubt very much the target market will care how much it is....

If I was to buy from the US and a friend or relative was to ship it over to UK, will it I have to pay tax?

SH3K0 said,
If I was to buy from the US and a friend or relative was to ship it over to UK, will it I have to pay tax?

More than likely yes!

SH3K0 said,
If I was to buy from the US and a friend or relative was to ship it over to UK, will it I have to pay tax?

64GB 3G £647 with import tax + shipping cost for one parcel, worked out with USA to the UK.

its cheaper now watch apples wall garden block that too.

SH3K0 said,
If I was to buy from the US and a friend or relative was to ship it over to UK, will it I have to pay tax?

Or.. they buy it from US Apple Store, come for a holiday in UK, give you iPad and you give them the $$ moneys. "Bob's your uncle."

I'm seriously unable to understand why people in this thread are so surprised at the prices? Am I missing something , Not trolling I just need some enlightenment.

There were alot of rumours that the price would be £399.

Shame the US never includes sale tax (which would be impossible due to variations between states)

Aq3e said,
I'm seriously unable to understand why people in this thread are so surprised at the prices? Am I missing something , Not trolling I just need some enlightenment.

For $600, you are getting a device that has no flash support, can not print, no exchangeable power supply, no real 3rd party proprietary ports, is locked down to what mr jobs tells you to do with it, doesn't even display HD, and lacks so many other things. It's like buying a Wii with only half of a nunchuck to play with, but still spending 300 bucks for the system.

shakey said,

For $600, you are getting a device that has no flash support, can not print, no exchangeable power supply, no real 3rd party proprietary ports, is locked down to what mr jobs tells you to do with it, doesn't even display HD, and lacks so many other things. It's like buying a Wii with only half of a nunchuck to play with, but still spending 300 bucks for the system.

You are missing what it does more than other devices in that

1. Flash = Not needed
2. Printing = Not needed although an app could probably be written to do so.
3. No exchangeable PSU = I'll give you that one
4. 3rd Party Ports = Not needed
5. Doesn't even display HD = Not needed

Your analogy of the wii is a stupid one too! You buy a wii on the basis that it does what it says it does. The iPad is the same, people aren't buying it for flash, printing, 3rd party ports and HD! They are buying it because they like what it does.

4. 3rd Party Ports = Not needed

Sure if by "not needed" you mean buy an apple connector that costs upwards of $30 then ok. Like $30 for a usb connector, $70 for a keyboard, $30 for a VGA connector.

/- Razorfold said,

Sure if by "not needed" you mean buy an apple connector that costs upwards of $30 then ok. Like $30 for a usb connector, $70 for a keyboard, $30 for a VGA connector.

Again, you are now missing the point!

We don't NEED a USB connector, there is a keyboard on screen and oh would you look at that IT HAS A SCREEN too

/- Razorfold said,

Sure if by "not needed" you mean buy an apple connector that costs upwards of $30 then ok. Like $30 for a usb connector, $70 for a keyboard, $30 for a VGA connector.

They are blind to limitations, and will make any excuse to make those limitations seem as minute as possible. They say they don't need anything else, because they do not know what it is they actually need. They are apparently fine with wasting money on something that does half of what current phones can do, and will probably rebuy the same product next year, for another 100$ more than what they just paid, just for the addition of a camera.
Lets see how well the Ipad can actually do with multitasking with its processor as well...

shakey said,

They are blind to limitations, and will make any excuse to make those limitations seem as minute as possible. They say they don't need anything else, because they do not know what it is they actually need. They are apparently fine with wasting money on something that does half of what current phones can do, and will probably rebuy the same product next year, for another 100$ more than what they just paid, just for the addition of a camera.
Lets see how well the Ipad can actually do with multitasking with its processor as well...

THEY?

I know what i need and what i want.

I need a work machine so i have an iMac!
I need a good phone so i have an iPhone!
I need to listen to music so i have an iPod!
I need a break from my kids so they have iPod touches!
I want something other than a laptop to have fun with whilst winding down so i am buying an iPad!

And yes you are correct, if it had a camera and priced at a further $100 i would buy that model but not because i NEED a camera.

shakey said,

For $600, you are getting a device that has no flash support, can not print, no exchangeable power supply, no real 3rd party proprietary ports, is locked down to what mr jobs tells you to do with it, doesn't even display HD, and lacks so many other things. It's like buying a Wii with only half of a nunchuck to play with, but still spending 300 bucks for the system.


I can print fine with third party software if needed, and the apps store has plenty of apps for any need. You need to try one before you start talking bad about the device. Am typing this on one, and it works wonderfully. The iPad is not a freaking laptop, you want a laptop go buy one, but don't knock it before you try it.

Quapps said,

THEY?

I know what i need and what i want.

I need a work machine so i have an iMac!
I need a good phone so i have an iPhone!
I need to listen to music so i have an iPod!
I need a break from my kids so they have iPod touches!
I want something other than a laptop to have fun with whilst winding down so i am buying an iPad!

And yes you are correct, if it had a camera and priced at a further $100 i would buy that model but not because i NEED a camera.

You are apparently a apple fanboy. You have just shown that. so yes, you will fall under the "THEY" part.

The real truth is, you dont NEED any of that. You want it, for some reason, and only choose apple. If you say its because they are the best, you are ignoring what makes Tech, well, Tech. Its Money vs Efficiency/Fuction, except for girls, where its Money vs Fashion. If you just purchase something because of a name, you are not showing much brain usage. Apple maybe used to be the "it" computer for designing graphics, but now, its such a draw, there is no real reason to spend the extra $1000 on a logo except for those who want to say, I got a apple.....

Edited by shakey, May 7 2010, 4:27pm :

shakey said,

You are apparently a apple fanboy. You have just shown that. so yes, you will fall under the "THEY" part.

If that means that I am a fan of Apple products then yes I AM AN APPLE FANBOY.

Does that mean i have to leave town now and hide in some caves or am i still ok to stay in society?

shakey said,

You are apparently a apple fanboy. You have just shown that. so yes, you will fall under the "THEY" part.

The real truth is, you dont NEED any of that. You want it, for some reason, and only choose apple. If you say its because they are the best, you are ignoring what makes Tech, well, Tech. Its Money vs Efficiency/Fuction, except for girls, where its Money vs Fashion. If you just purchase something because of a name, you are not showing much brain usage. Apple maybe used to be the "it" computer for designing graphics, but now, its such a draw, there is no real reason to spend the extra $1000 on a logo except for those who want to say, I got a apple.....


So according to your statement, if I own non apple products, then what kind of fanboy does that make me? Microsoft fanboy? Cheap products fanboy? Hmm. All this fanboy this and fanboy that is so stupid.

Edited by Kingv84, May 7 2010, 4:22pm :

shakey said,

You are apparently a apple fanboy. You have just shown that. so yes, you will fall under the "THEY" part.

The real truth is, you dont NEED any of that. You want it, for some reason, and only choose apple. If you say its because they are the best, you are ignoring what makes Tech, well, Tech. Its Money vs Efficiency/Fuction, except for girls, where its Money vs Fashion. If you just purchase something because of a name, you are not showing much brain usage. Apple maybe used to be the "it" computer for designing graphics, but now, its such a draw, there is no real reason to spend the extra $1000 on a logo except for those who want to say, I got a apple.....

I don't need a work machine or phone?


I am an iPhone developer so i NEED a Mac!
I have clients so I NEED a phone!
Work would be too quiet without music and if there is a device on the market that "just works" in this area it is the iPod!


I dont purchase Apple products because they are shiny! I purchase Apple products because they work beautifully unlike windows based products which I have used most of my life.


Call it what you want but I have been 300% more productive since switching to Apple products. That is not a fanboy belief it is WORK FACT!


Dont preach your beliefs and expect them to be gospel.


After a hard days work I need to wind down and I am buying 2 iPads on Monday just for this purpose. Buying 2 means that my wife can have one and we can then play scrabble and finally get rid of the ugly Scrabble board amongst many other MP games for us to enjoy.


This is just one of the reasons for my lifestyle that the iPad is great and if creating a relaxing world using technology means paying the extra price that Apple charge then I will do so.


I buy Apple because they make products that simply work and if that makes me a "fanboy" then I am proud to be one.

I am an iPhone developer so i NEED a Mac!
I have clients so I NEED a phone!

Cool story bro.


Work would be too quiet without music and if there is a device on the market that "just works" in this area it is the iPod!

Yeh ok. Music players are so different from each other right? I mean I wonder what makes the iPod "just work" but say a zune "not just work"?


I dont purchase Apple products because they are shiny! I purchase Apple products because they work beautifully unlike windows based products which I have used most of my life.

Lol ok. Please explain how something "works beautifully" apart from design? Now if its design you're talking about then you just contradicted yourself.


Call it what you want but I have been 300% more productive since switching to Apple products. That is not a fanboy belief it is WORK FACT!

Facts don't revolve around you. Now if you're an iPhone developer you need a Mac, so your "work fact" point just got nullified.

Dont preach your beliefs and expect them to be gospel.

After a hard days work I need to wind down and I am buying 2 iPads on Monday just for this purpose. Buying 2 means that my wife can have one and we can then play scrabble and finally get rid of the ugly Scrabble board amongst many other MP games for us to enjoy.


This is just one of the reasons for my lifestyle that the iPad is great and if creating a relaxing world using technology means paying the extra price that Apple charge then I will do so.

I buy Apple because they make products that simply work and if that makes me a "fanboy" then I am proud to be one.

You =/= The rest of the world.

Edited by -Razorfold, May 7 2010, 5:10pm :

/- Razorfold said,

Cool story bro.

Thanks

/- Razorfold said,

Yeh ok. Music players are so different from each other right? I mean I wonder what makes the iPod "just work" but say a zune "not just work"?

I cannot comment on this since i don't have a Zune!

/- Razorfold said,

Lol ok. Please explain how something "works beautifully" apart from design? Now if its design you're talking about then you just contradicted yourself.

The way that the mac works is beautiful the docking system, the spotlight function, the hide function, the way my "windows" are all available to just move around as i see fit, expose... want me to go on?

/- Razorfold said,

Facts don't revolve around you. Now if you're an iPhone developer you need a Mac, so your "work fact" point just got nullified.

Before iPhone development i was a website / graphic designer and using a Mac HAS enhanced my creativity and productivity by probably more than 300% so that again is FACT.

/- Razorfold said,

You =/= The rest of the world.

Don't know what you mean by this so i will just take it as you admit defeat.

The way that the mac works is beautiful the docking system,

Start menu, or get a dock on windows. Matter of choice
the spotlight function,

You mean desktop search that has existed since like XP?
the hide function,

Minimize? Aero peek?
the way my "windows" are all available to just move around as i see fit

Oh so you can't move windows around on Windows? (lol that sounds funny)
expose...

Flip3D or get a WPF Expose program
want me to go on?

Please do
I cannot comment on this since i don't have a Zune!

Or any other mp3 player. Drag and drop support, hey look it just works.
Before iPhone development i was a website / graphic designer and using a Mac HAS enhanced my creativity and productivity by probably more than 300% so that again is FACT.

So you were able to make 3x as many graphical designs? 3x as many reports in the same amount of time as it would have taken you to do on windows? Odd considering the Photoshop suite has the exact same features on both systems, runs better on Windows since it has a greater range of hardware support, and has 64bit support on Windows.
Don't know what you mean by this so i will just take it as you admit defeat.

It means what you don't equal the rest of the world.

Edited by -Razorfold, May 7 2010, 5:25pm :

/- Razorfold said,

Start menu, or get a dock on windows. Matter of choice

Too finickity

/- Razorfold said,

You mean desktop search that has existed since like XP?

one click and type your term. Beautiful

/- Razorfold said,

Minimize? Aero peek?

Minimize is useless and Aero peek? oh extra software you mean? or just that its taken this long for windows to incorporate it?

/- Razorfold said,

Oh so you can't move windows around on Windows? (lol that sounds funny)

This point shouldn't even be argued. The Mac does this perfect

/- Razorfold said,

Flip3D or get a WPF Expose program

OH Extra software again?

/- Razorfold said,

Please do

i did!

/- Razorfold said,

Or any other mp3 player. Drag and drop support, hey look it just works.

I have used others and no they don't just work

/- Razorfold said,

So you were able to make 3x as many graphical designs? 3x as many reports in the same amount of time as it would have taken you to do on windows? Odd considering the Photoshop suite has the exact same features on both systems, runs better on Windows since it has a greater range of hardware support, and has 64bit support on Windows.

Windows was ALWAYS laggy with Photoshop and Flash for me (high spec pc's) so yes is my answer!
/- Razorfold said,

It means what you don't equal the rest of the world.

And i never said that i did either. Infact it was you preaching your wares onto me remember. I havent once called you a Windows fanboy or tried to destroy the windows name.

Edited by Quapps, May 7 2010, 6:55pm :

Too finickity

Excuse me?
one click and type your term. Beautiful

Exactly the same on windows. Or you can press f3 and type your term.
Minimize is useless and Aero peek? oh extra software you mean? or just that its taken this long for windows to incorporate it?

Minimize is useless? Lol ok please explain that statement since the exact same exists on mac. Aero peek is a default feature of windows 7 and just shows you the placement of windows on your screen
This point shouldn't even be argued. The Mac does this perfect

How exactly does one move windows perfectly? Please do explain it to me.
OH Extra software again?

Flip3d has been a part of windows since the early vista betas. If you want to make it look like expose you get a WPF program. How do you not understand that?
i did!

No you didn't.
I have used others and no they don't just work

Sorry. Any software is better than the piece of crap that is iTunes.
Windows was ALWAYS laggy with Photoshop and Flash for me (high spec pc's) so yes is my answer!

Wait wait wait, a mac user that claims adobe products don't lag on Mac? Holy **** you're a first. Most mac users on this forum will agree that adobe products run better on windows.
And i never said that i did either. Infact it was you preaching your wares onto me remember. I havent once called you a Windows fanboy or tried to destroy the windows name.

I think you're getting me confused with the other poster lol. You claimed mac has a feature that Windows doesn't, I pointed out where you were wrong. Does a default mac look better than a default windows? Depends on who you ask, though if you compare it to xp then yes. To 7 I think you'll find more people like the default Windows 7 skin. Not to mention you can always change the way windows looks, hell some guy on the forum is making a perfect snow leopard design clone for windows using just the windows theme engine.

/- Razorfold said,

Excuse me?

Exactly the same on windows. Or you can press f3 and type your term.

Minimize is useless? Lol ok please explain that statement since the exact same exists on mac. Aero peek is a default feature of windows 7 and just shows you the placement of windows on your screen

How exactly does one move windows perfectly? Please do explain it to me.

Flip3d has been a part of windows since the early vista betas. If you want to make it look like expose you get a WPF program. How do you not understand that?

No you didn't.

Sorry. Any software is better than the piece of crap that is iTunes.

Wait wait wait, a mac user that claims adobe products don't lag on Mac? Holy **** you're a first. Most mac users on this forum will agree that adobe products run better on windows.

I think you're getting me confused with the other poster lol. You claimed mac has a feature that Windows doesn't, I pointed out where you were wrong. Does a default mac look better than a default windows? Depends on who you ask, though if you compare it to xp then yes. To 7 I think you'll find more people like the default Windows 7 skin. Not to mention you can always change the way windows looks, hell some guy on the forum is making a perfect snow leopard design clone for windows using just the windows theme engine.

Sorry! I don't have any more time to spend at this thread!

Truth is, we could argue all day about who has the bigger schlong but ultimately I will come off as winner so we should stop right here.

Mac > PC in most aspects FOR ME!! which is what I have been saying all along.

Adobe products are still a little laggy but NOTHING like they were on PC

Some of your brits are silly. You think that these US companies are giving you the screw, but it is really your own government that you have elected. It is not as simple as what is the current exchange rate. Your government taxes the hell out of US companies to get their products into the UK. Well, guess what? That cost is passed onto you.

EgyptianDuck said,
Don't people understand that the iPad 2G will be cheaper next year? Apple alway do this.

You could always wait for a cheaper, faster, slimmer model. You'd end up never getting one

J400uk said,
much more expensive in UK

Seriously, all of you guys need to realize the US pricing is without taxes, and UK with it included. The difference in pricing for an end user is small.

Northgrove said,

Seriously, all of you guys need to realize the US pricing is without taxes, and UK with it included. The difference in pricing for an end user is small.

Seriously, you need to read this thread and realise that ordering from certain states in America, you won't be paying any tax on your iPad.

kayzee said,

Seriously, you need to read this thread and realise that ordering from certain states in America, you won't be paying any tax on your iPad.


That's irrelevant for Apple. Why would the policies of US online resellers have any bearing as to how they price it in the UK?

The fact is that the UK government imposes a 17.5% VAT and Apple is required to account for it in their prices.

$500 = £340

VAT = 17.5%

£340 * .175 = £60 in taxes. Total = £400.

A whole difference of £29 if we're going by tax-free purchases in the US. Taxed purchases in the US reduces that margin even further. (7-8% sales tax rates here).

kayzee said,

Seriously, you need to read this thread and realise that ordering from certain states in America, you won't be paying any tax on your iPad.

Very few states. For the vast majority of Americans, taxes would be applied at almost any online store that sells the iPad.

kayzee said,
Seriously, you need to read this thread and realise that ordering from certain states in America, you won't be paying any tax on your iPad.

I'm no Apple fan (by far), but are you seriously slamming them because US sales tax differs from one state to the next?

Trust me guys, go to an Apple store and use one - you'll soon realise that they're worth every penny.

I got a 64GB one from the States, and if I could go back in time an potentially change my mind, I'd buy it again.

bmaher said,
Trust me guys, go to an Apple store and use one - you'll soon realise that they're worth every penny.

I got a 64GB one from the States, and if I could go back in time an potentially change my mind, I'd buy it again.

Wouldnt step foot in an Apple store even if I was being chased by a pack of zombies...

But seriously I, for one, know that there is a potential for a tablet device but I dont think the iPad is the way to go. And yes, people can argue and say "millions of people disagree with you" Well, I dont care about those people since this is my opinion.

Anyway, with other tablets in the works, I am waiting to see what comes out. Android for instance will have more features in their tablets from the start than the iPad has at about the same price. I buy things for their functionality...not because of a logo or that its shiny. And if anyone judges me over what device I...I dont want to be friends with that person anyway.

Edited by techbeck, May 7 2010, 2:54pm :

techbeck said,
And if anyone judges me over what device I...I dont want to be friends with that person anyway.

Yet you regularly judge and insult people who choose Apple devices. Hypocritical much?

Not impressed with the UK pricing at all, very unfair. I wasn't expecting it to be as cheap as its in the USA, but this is a rip-off even for Apple.

J400uk said,
Not impressed with the UK pricing at all, very unfair. I wasn't expecting it to be as cheap as its in the USA, but this is a rip-off even for Apple.

There is only a difference of 29 pounds.

MarenLBC said,

There is only a difference of 29 pounds.


What are you smoking, the 3G 64GB costs only £530 in US compared to UK which is £699. You do that math son.

Edited by SH3K0, May 7 2010, 1:00pm :

SH3K0 said,

What are you smoking, the 3G 64GB costs only £530 in US compared to UK which is £699. You do that math son.
The UK one has VAT included in the price, where as the US doesn't have any taxes included in it's price.

J400uk said,
Apple would usually charge quite a bit less than £429 GBP for a product that costs $449 USD

Why? So that they can sell them at a loss compared to the US?

Ryoken said,
The UK one has VAT included in the price, where as the US doesn't have any taxes included in it's price.
If you buy that on a US online store (that doesn't have any real store) it's zero taxes!!! do you get that?!?

Edited by onesolo, May 7 2010, 2:00pm :

onesolo said,
If you buy that on a US online store (that doesn't have any real store) it's zero taxes!!! do you get that?!?

What point are you trying to make? Apple doesn't have control over tax policy.

onesolo said,
If you buy that on a US online store (that doesn't have any real store) it's zero taxes!!! do you get that?!?

There are very few online stores in the US that don't charge taxes, at least ones that carry the iPad.

onesolo said,
If you buy that on a US online store (that doesn't have any real store) it's zero taxes!!! do you get that?!?

Depends on where the company is based, and which state the product is being shipped too.

Like I am in Florida, and if I buy the iPad 3g off the online store I pay $50 extra in taxes.

onesolo said,
If you buy that on a US online store (that doesn't have any real store) it's zero taxes!!! do you get that?!?
You pay the tax when it hits Customs for your country

would like it but not at that price, lets hope they get a short sharp shock with the amount that they sell in the UK and reduce the price....

$549 (CAN) for the base model....lame... I'm considering a little trip to the US since our dollar is on par with the US

Rudy said,
$549 (CAN) for the base model....lame... I'm considering a little trip to the US since our dollar is on par with the US

Ouch. Yea, there was virtually no difference in the rate when I was last there. It's pretty foolish to ship it at that price... Do foreign companies get taxed for importing products into Canada? I know other countries do it.

when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

I swear those British prices must be wrong.

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

The US prices dont include tax, you can add anywhere from 6%-10% to the price depending on where you buy the device

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

To quote TomUsher above:
"$499 =~ £340
£340 + 17.5% VAT = £400
Actual price £429, difference is only £29, so not too bad."

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

As TomUsher wrote above.
$499 =~ £340
£340 + 17.5% VAT = £400
Actual price £429, difference is only £29, so not too bad.

bdsams said,

The US prices dont include tax, you can add anywhere from 6%-10% to the price depending on where you buy the device

£341 * 1.175 (17.5% VAT for UK) = 400.675

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

$499 does not include any VAT or sales tax.

If you subtract VAT from GBP429 (429/1.175) you will get GBP365.

Which is only slightly more than the US price.

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

First off, VAT. 341 * 1.175 = £400

Then you have the fact that, as Steve jobs has said, it's a little more expensive to do business over here (smaller customer base = less economy per unit etc etc). Analysts reckon it's about 7-8% more expensive to trade here, so, 400 * 1.07 = £428. Not that far off.

Edited by Brian M., May 7 2010, 2:56pm :

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?

Because your prices include VAT, where as in the US taxes are state by state and only get applied at the time or purchase.

gamingfreak76 said,
when converting the lowest price from the USA one ($499) to GBP using Google, i get:
499 U.S. dollars = 341.033352 British pounds

So why are we paying more again?


Taxes, lots of taxes. See an above reply about this.

Edited by Northgrove, May 7 2010, 2:19pm :

SK[ said,]Stupid... but people will pay.

How does this compare to USA prices?

The base model in the US is $499.
£429 is about $630 USD at current exchange.

I'm not sure how much of that has to do with taxes etc.

SK[ said,]Stupid... but people will pay.

How does this compare to USA prices?

$499 =~ £340
£340 + 17.5% VAT = £400
Actual price £429, difference is only £29, so not too bad.

TomUsher said,

$499 =~ £340
£340 + 17.5% VAT = £400
Actual price £429, difference is only £29, so not too bad.


How much tax on top of $499 do the fatties have to pay?

It depends on the State.

In New York it is %8.75

If you order it on the internet from a store that doesn't have any physical location in the State you are ordering from, you pay no tax at all.

Stetson said,

The base model in the US is $499.
£429 is about $630 USD at current exchange.

I'm not sure how much of that has to do with taxes etc.

Yup, that is the exchange rate. It costs US companies MORE to operate in the UK due to stiffer regulation. If people of the UK are so outraged they should elect a government that will change things.

Shadrack said,

Yup, that is the exchange rate. It costs US companies MORE to operate in the UK due to stiffer regulation. If people of the UK are so outraged they should elect a government that will change things.

There's probably no one we could have elected that would change anything.

Shadrack said,

Yup, that is the exchange rate. It costs US companies MORE to operate in the UK due to stiffer regulation. If people of the UK are so outraged they should elect a government that will change things.

How does the stiffer regulation bump up the cost exactly? (and what regulations are you talking about?)

I would have thought it was more to do with them being a US company, so it costs more to get their products here. And also that the Us is outside of the EU.

Good stuff, not as bad as I was expecting - looking forward to getting mine. What is your source for this information?

philcruicks said,
yeah but i wasn't expecting anything else...do we know who will be providing the 3G contracts in the UK?

O2, Vodafone and Orange have all said they will be doing dedicated iPad services.

I have an iphone that will do me, think i will pass on this as much as i like the look of it i don't think i need one at these prices just yet.

Ha, not even close to tempting. You could get a pretty ace laptop for those prices. Each to their own though, people like Apple stuff and will pay up.

acnpt said,
Not worth £429, £399 Yes.
.

What? you would buy it for 399? WOW!!!
200 maybe!!!!

Edited by Sebianoti, May 7 2010, 1:41pm :