Expect The Apple iPad In Australia Mid-Year

Whenever Apple makes a huge announcement where products are shipping internationally straight away, I get a press release from Apple Australia very early in the morning. So far, I have no Apple Australia press release. I wonder what that means? UPDATE: Just got the Australian press release. It tells us nothing!

We know from the Jobsnote that the Wi-Fi version of the iPad will be shipping internationally in 60 days, which takes us up to around the start of April. Internationally doesn't necessarily mean Australia though, so ultimately we're playing a waiting game with Apple Australia.

In terms of the 3G device release, we know that so far, Apple are yet to pen any deals with international telcos for roaming data, although it will almost certainly remain an unlocked device. Jobs said he hopes to have International deals in place by June, so we can keep our fingers crossed there, although part of me wonders at what kind of impact this device will have on the local networks' performances.

The other question that remains unanswered in a big way is that of the eBook store and its content. Considering the issues Amazon already has with the Kindle in Australia, with key authors missing from the Aussie library and a dearth of Australian authors, has Apple somehow managed to overcome that for the iPad? Or will we get a device first and the store later, like we did with the iPod and the iTunes store? As soon as we find out, we'll let you know.

UPDATE: The Aussie press release came through. All it says is that pricing and availability for International markets will be announced at a later date. That sucks!

Apple Launches iPad

A Magical & Revolutionary Device at an Unbelievable Price

Sydney, Australia - January 28, 2010—Apple® today introduced iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. iPad’s responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch™ display lets users physically interact with applications and content. iPad is just 13.4 mm thick and weighs just 0.68 kg - thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. iPad will be available in late March worldwide with international pricing to be announced at a later date.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

iPad features 12 next-generation Multi-Touch applications. Every app works in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad in any direction. The precise Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the web on iPad an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. Reading and sending email is fun and easy on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard. Import photos from a Mac®, PC or digital camera, see them organised as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. Watch movies, TV shows and YouTube or flip through pages of an e-book you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

iPad runs almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. The iTunes® Store gives you access to the world’s most popular online music. Apple also announced the new iBooks app for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device. The iBookstore will feature books from major and independent publishers.

Apple also introduced a new version of iWork® for iPad, the first desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. With Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers® you can create beautifully formatted documents, stunning presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will be available separately through the App Store. International pricing will be announced at a later date.

iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, using the standard Apple 30-pin to USB cable, so you can sync all of your contacts, photos, music, movies, TV shows, applications and more from your Mac or PC. All the apps and content you download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you connect with your computer.

iPad’s brilliant 9.7-inch, LED-backlit display features IPS technology to deliver crisp, clear images and consistent colour with an ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angle. The highly precise, capacitive Multi-Touch display is amazingly accurate and responsive whether scrolling web pages or playing games. The intelligent soft keyboard pioneered on iPhone takes advantage of iPad’s larger display to offer an almost full-size soft keyboard. iPad also connects to the new iPad Keyboard Dock with a full-size traditional keyboard.

iPad is powered by A4, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip. Designed by Apple, the new A4 chip provides exceptional processor and graphics performance along with long battery life of up to 10 hours.* Apple’s advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology deliver up to 1,000 charge cycles without a significant decrease in battery capacity over a typical five year lifespan.**

iPad comes in two versions—one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks. Apple and AT&T announced breakthrough 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.

Continuing Apple’s dedication to designing and creating environmentally responsible products, each iPad enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminium and comes standard with energy-efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iPad contains no brominated flame retardants and is completely PVC-free.

Apple today released a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for iPad, so developers can create amazing new applications designed to take advantage of iPad’s capabilities. The SDK includes a simulator that lets developers test and debug their iPad apps on a Mac, and also lets developers create Universal Applications that run on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date. iBookstore will be available in the US at launch.

*Apple tested wireless battery life by browsing web pages and receiving email over an AirPort® network, never letting the system go to sleep during the test, and keeping the display at half brightness. This is a typical scenario of use on the go, resulting in a battery performance number that is very relevant to mobile users.

**A properly maintained iPad battery is designed to retain 80 percent or more of its original capacity during a lifespan of up to 1,000 recharge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings.


Comments

    Apple said in the keynote that it will ship internationally (US and the rest of the world) in 60 days.

    And expect a hugh markup.

      Yeah, the good old "Australia is too far from everyone" Tax

        We're way closer to China than the States are ;)

    "iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of... "
    then
    "International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date."

    According to the first statement, it'll be available in March for an apple-inflated australian price.. add exchange rate differences, then chuck on $100 and then add GST.

    i really can't see the 'must have' element in this device unless you are the sort that looks for a little apple logo and nothing else. the lack of multitasking is a shock, it pretty much gimps it. they will need to rectify this major oversight pretty quick, but then again they could sandwich a piece of dogsh1t between a bit of glass and metal and people will still buy it as long as it has that little apple.

    we live in a vain world

      yeah, multitasking is essential if you're going to be doing presentations, web browsing, while working on a document elsewhere. The way i see this, is it is a mini computer.. to big to be truly 'pack and go', so should offer other aspects of standard computer tech that we've come to expect. It isn't a phone.

        "yeah, multitasking is essential if you’re going to be doing presentations"

        You're kidding right?

        The last thing I want when doing a presentation is to have something happening in the background. Just image a chat session with some juicy comments popping up over your presentation.

        Too many people request multi-tasking without thinking.

        Either you don't know what multitasking means or you really haven't pictured yourself using this device.

        The use case you out forward is ludicrous for such a device. If you really wanted to do all that at high performance levels then this no the tool, get a laptop.

        Most of the complaining I here about this thing is along the lines of "This motorbike won't tow my boat".

        Take a deep breath. Assess what this is for and see if you have a need (or desire) to have that done. If not, move on, nothing for you here. If yes, consider further.

        But don't ask it to be something it isn't. A desktop is a lousy travel computer but people don't wail about that because it would be stupid to do so. Wailing that an iPad (or a Kindle, or ) is not a laptop is just as silly.

        I have two use cases that I think this will work well for and am not yet convinced having those met is worth the money. We shall see later in the year.

    As I see it, the iPad is only powerful and useful with 3G. How many of us spend hours a day online on our iPhone as we travel around....and how many of us actually use the wifi? If I can't read the news on the train, or YouTube in a friends car, then I don't see the value.

    It really is just a overly large iPhone...
    Unless it's actually cheaper than the already announced US price it's just not worth it.

    So the iPhone shipped initially without 3G, then the later version included it. The iPad will initially ship without a camera or built in mic. Can we expect in six months the iPad 2 with camera and mic?

    I also have to say I'm not struck on the name. Little too feminine hygene for my liking

      Yeah, it's just like the iPod. The first one was clunky, but each new version gets better.

      The second-gen iPad will kick ass.

    Nick, wasn't there a HTC event on in Sydney the other day? Has there been any coverage of what was announced there? I want some real gadget news. The Ipad is simply fail... I'd like to congratulate apple. This is this first time 10 inches has been such a dissapointment :)

    It's amazing, once again Apple has released a device lacking some of the most basic functionality and connectivity options, and yet the world goes gaga for it because it's Apple.

    Marketing wise they're blowing away the competition, aiming for lowest common denominator and banking on the hype to sell enough units that they achieve tech lockdown. There's are other tablets on teh market, with cameras, USB, multi-tasking and so on, yet this oversized iPhone will probably outsell them all.

    A sad day for technology.

    I'm not sad.
    There'll be no iPad,
    in my pad

      It's cheaper in the long run to pay double the price of an iPAD, for a laptop that carries a blueray, DTV tuner, multitasking etc.
      No thanks to archaic technology I'll wait for further products developments and stick with the ipod 120gig I have.

        Now HERE'S a sticking point. I would have thought with a device this size, they could have EASILY fit in at least the equivalent memory of an iPod classic. Surely that would increase the functionality of the unit to the point that it would be attractive to a much larger market (ie. me)
        Guess, once again, we'll have to wait until iPad version 2, or possibly 5 or 6.

        Until then I'll just keep putting my food money in a jar until I can afford one.

    Who cares if it shows up late. its just an oversized iphone, something i really dont see the point in.
    I'll just keep my regular netbook, thanks anyway

    Like everyone else, its sad that Apple excludes everyone else but its US residents. Even though the apple brand is plastered all of the world.

    Take the iphone ringtones setting for example, why is it that only US residents can create their own ringtone from the purchased music...

    They can only break their sales records by making hardware and software available all over the world. So why is it so hard for them to release the RRP and shipping dates for this new IPad (which btw sounds bad... they could have come up with such a better name)

      The Ringtone creation probably has very little to do with Apple. It's probably got more to do with copyright law being slightly different in each country

    In my opinion the main reason to get this device would be because of it's e-reader functionality and movies. other than that I would imagine that if I got one it would be lying around my house and if I wanted to check something I could just pick it up and check my emails, then check my schedule, realise that I still need to cook dinner so I could google a recipe then have my iPad in my kitchen as I cook. (I know it sounds like a dumb idea but if you have one of those cook book stands it wouldn't be so bad)

    So basically an extension of my computer that I can have lying around anywhere and take with me to places and stuff really easily, it's kind of hard to explain but I can easily see a niche for it to fill in my house. besides I imagine that using a 9.7" multitouch screen would be quite enjoyable.

      "So basically an extension of my computer that I can have lying around anywhere and take with me to places and stuff really easily, it’s kind of hard to explain but I can easily see a niche for it to fill in my house."

      So what your looking for is a laptop? Hmmmm...

        In my opinion, Hugh has explained exactly the market that Apple are aiming for. Those users who just want to jump onto the net to check their emails, browse their photo albums or music collection, etc.

        I know many people (who a not PC power-users) who have purchased a laptop just so they can sit with it on their lap on the couch, to check their facebook, browse a little youtube, and maybe visit the odd website.

        The market Apple is aiming for are NOT the users who want to be able to accomplish complex tasks such as desktop publishing, document creation, application development...and multitasking. That is what a laptop is for. The iPad is not trying to replace it.

        Everyone also seems to have such high expectations for Apple products. They are making billions of dollars a year...so I think they must be doing something right!

        I have a laptop (17" macbook pro), which I bought as a portable studio. It's great for that, but through convenience, I often find myself reaching for my girlfriends ipod touch for basic, everyday things like using the remote function at the dinner table to change music, or looking up the weather before getting out of bed.

        So why not just use that, I hear you ask? Well, she takes it to work with her ever day, so I can't play with it.

    this is exactly the same as the ipod touch exepet a bit bigger and more expesnive, why would you want to get one if you can get a ipod touch for a cheaper price

      Um, because the screen is bigger!

      cos the screen is a lot bigger .. I love my iphone but its to small my big fingers keep touch the wrong thing and as you get older you have trouble reading things so bigger is better .. sure you can bring things up larger on the iphone but then you have to move the page around to see it all and it takes time ..also it will be great when traveling a lot easier to handle than a laptop I'm realy hanging out to get one .. the biggest problem that I see is how they are going to market the 3G and that is what the telco company's are trying to work out in Australia cos with this unit you will be doing a load of web browsing and that has to be made afordable or the unit will not work

    Get some context on the iPad and capture the real picture with this collaborative SWOT. Just add you bits. http://bit.ly/awfnNS

    I'm so spewing that Apple did not make it so you could use it as a phone. I could just dream of wipping that bad boy out in a club and talking to my mum.

      Are you serious do you realize the size of this thing you try putting an A4 size clipboard next to your ear and see how ridiculous you look

    You after reading all your comments, i think that a lot of you don't get what the Ipad is all about its not a computer its not a laptop its not a iphone or big bummed ipod.
    Its a content viewer, send email, view the net, use apps from itunes etc, what we haven't seen is or don't want to is that fact that , doctors, students and the list goes on will be able carry a multiple text, reference and other books on one device, have apps written to do tasks- i think this will like the Iphone change the way we think

    Ipad not a computer not a laptop its a CONTENT VIEWER

    Haha, i gets, ipad is jus a smarter more advanced way to carry around all that text, and to view stuf when you're on the go! oh lol

    I wonder how large a solar panel on the flip side would have to be to recharge the unit while not in use. Perhaps a protecting, recharging case? There's one for the makers of peripheral devices to work on.

    release date is late april and i am stinging to buy one

    Looks the Australian release dates for the iPad has been updated by Apple to be the end of April. See release info here: http://www.shopordrop.com.au/ipad.html

    Yes i agree with some of you people here but..... you could say its an overgrown iphone or ipod, its a shame that it only has such a small memory in todays market when every thing is huge 32 gig or less is just plain wrong , and no room for expansion either.

    I was all excited when i watched the video on it as i can see that this will be the way of the future, with some good apps (not just games ) this ipad could be a decent machine.
    I tend to agree a little with the lack of multi tasking but then why would you want that for when most of us use either a desktop or notebook thee days to make the presentations on , then all you do is export to the ipad and away you go !!

    I was going to look at buying some of these ipad's for the family which will reduce the power consumption in the house and make a couple of business apps that can work good for a number of industries but i think i will wait for a 500 gig version or more . 32 gig doesn't even come close to 140000 apps .

    I left out one small problem ... for us poor australian people we get the take it up the tail pipe pricing ..... if its $800 US our price will be double and a bit ... or even a bit more... just like we did with the iphone...
    The problem we face here is that the retailers are just plain greedy and want to make mega bucks on everything for the first 12 months then they drop the price to what they should have been in the first place.. of corse this doesn't stop people from buying the products , it just makes us less keen.

    OMG i so want a ipad :D i cant wait for them to come to australia !!!!! im buying one

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