Apple announced today that iPad 2 (3G and WiFi models) will go on sale in 12 additional countries starting this month. Japan will be the first of the newly announced countries to begin selling the iPad 2 with the device going on sale Thursday, April 28. The iPad 2 will go on sale in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries on Friday, April 29. Apple also announced that iPad 2 WiFi model will be available in China beginning Friday, May 6.
Customers can begin shopping online at 1:00 a.m. local time or if they prefer checking out the action, they can buy from a local Apple retail store beginning at 9:00am local time.
Apple has struggled to meet the high demand for the iPad 2 and until recently, wait time were as high as 4-5 weeks for customers looking to buy one online. Apple appears to be getting a better grip on its manufacturing issues with online shipping estimates consistently improving week-over-week. Most Apple online stores now show estimated shipping wait times of only 1-2 weeks.
The new iPad 2 (WiFi and 3G) will be available in Japan on April 28 and Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE on April 29. The WiFi models will go on sale in China May 6. Apple plans to announce additional countries at a later date
Prices for the new iPad 2 remains unchanged with Apple maintaining its former suggested retail pricing for the 16Gb, 32GB and 64GB WiFi only models of $499, $599 and $699 respectively. The iPad 2 with WiFi + 3G will be priced at the familiar price of $629, $729 and $829 for the 16Gb, 32GB and 64GB versions.