As the months go by, more countries are getting iPad love. Soon, the whole world will be able to purchase Apple’s new, retina display tablet in their own town, instead of having to buy it from a black market dealer for twice its worth. According to Apple’s Latin America and Caribbean country selection, This Friday marks 23 more places that the new iPad can be legally purchased. The following day, May 12, the new iPad will launch in seven more countries, bringing worldwide access to nearly 90 countries.
Friday’s release will bring the new iPad to Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Morocco, Peru, Taiwan, Tunisia and Vietnam.
Saturday, May 12 will be a Mother’s Day surprise for Bahrain, Egypt, Jordon, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. There are still a few countries awaiting certification. Those include China, Honduras, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Paraguay and the Philippines.
Thanks to a very public trademark dispute between Apple and Hong Kong-based Proview Electronics, it may be a while before China sees the new iPad on store shelves. The reason for slow approval in the other remaining countries is unknown at this time. However, Apple is dropping the price of the iPad 2, which likely means that a launch date is imminent.