New iPad And Apple TV: What's The Aussie Picture? [Updated]

Apple's just announced a refresh of the Apple TV, along with the "new" iPad. Not the iPad 3, or iPad HD; just the "new" iPad. What does the Australian picture look like for its latest tablet?

You can follow the entire timeline of Apple's event at our liveblog, and we've got plenty of other coverage of the new products:

- New iPad HD: The Third Generation - Inside Apple’s A5x Chipset: Dual-Core CPU, Quad-Core GPU - The Next Apple TV: Big, Beautiful, 1080p HD - The New iPad’s Beautiful New Retina Display - How The App Store’s Gunning For Your Dollars

But what about in Australia? What do we get?

The good news

The iPad 2 isn't quite dead -- yet. Apple's elected to retain the iPad 2 as its budget line model, in much the same way that you can get an iPhone 4 quite cheaply. If you want more storage you'll have to upgrade to the new "resolutionary" iPad, but the base model 16GB iPad 2 will sell for $429 (Wi-Fi only) or $569 (Wi-Fi + 3G).

But that's not what you're keen on, right? The new iPad pricing starts at $539 for the Wi-Fi 16GB model; 32GB is $649 and 64GB is $759. 3G (and technically 4G) is a $140 premium, so the 16GB models run to $679, $789 and $899 respectively. That's actually a slight price drop over the equivalent iPad 2 models you could have bought yesterday. You'll be able to pre-order them, but at the time of writing the pre-order link goes to the local online Apple store -- which is still down. We'll update when they do, in other words.

Update: The Australian Apple store is back up, with a link that promises you can pre-order (limit of two per customer) "For delivery between March 16 and March 22." and confirming retail store availability on March 16th. So expect queues, in other words, unless you want to pre-order and potentially wait.

Apple's local web site lists the pricing for the new 1080P compatible Apple TV at $109, but again the store is down, so you can't exactly rush order one right this second.

Update: Yep, that's up now too, with a listing that says it "ships March 16-19".

The bad news

It's 4G, and that's great, right? Yes and no. Sure, it's nice to have the capability, but right now if you had a new iPad, you'd get no 4G in Australia whatsoever. Apple's specifications page for the new iPad list its LTE frequencies as 700Mhz and 2100MHz. The only 4G LTE network in Australia that consumers can hook into is Telstra's 1800Mhz one, which won't (based on those technical specifications) be compatible. It's theoretically feasible that Apple might develop another 4G iPad -- but I wouldn't hold out too much hope. It is dual channel HSPA+ capable, however, with a theoretical 3G upside of 42Mbps, so it's possible that Australians on 3rd Generation iPads may actually get better speeds than Americans on 4G.



    Looks like the 64GB Wifi model is $40 cheaper. Not sure about the other ones, I can't remember how much they cost.

    Hooray for no 4G anywhere except the USA

      I plan to just get the Wi-Fi version anyway, but yeah, it sucks. Not to mention the overpriced tag, even when AUD is stronger than USD

        Actually, the local iPad is cheaper than the US version. It's $817 for the top model. The GST gets added on here because in Australia it's common practice to build in tax because it's uniform. In America they NEVER build in tax - it's bloody annoying actually when you go to, say, McDonalds and pull out $2 for their $1.99 special (or whatever) and then they tell you 'That'll be $2.56 thanks' so the tax would need to be added on to the US price.

    Good on ya Telstra for buying into a freq that no one else uses! Come on Optus - you know the one now!

      Optus is doing the same 1800Mhz for now -- we won't see 700Mhz until the digital dividend selloff:

      It's not like Telstra had a lot of choice, they can't pick and choose any frequency they like, they've got to get a license for it, and they'll only give out licenses to operate things on frequencies when they don't clash with other things. In this case you can blame Analogue television signals, or perhaps a better target would be the federal government who's been dragging their feet with the turning off of the analogue signal. It should have been done back in 2010, not waiting until 2013.

      In any case, don't blame Telstra for what is the government's fault.

    2100mhz is going to be OPTUS 4G.. LOL @ Telstra!

      Optus is on 1800Mhz....

      you really have no idea what you are talking about do you?

        and you don't read what they are acquiring in 2013... which is the 2100mhz spectrum.... research is good for you, try it :)

          LOL by 2013 there will be another iFad at that stage

          Sorry Cmdr - wrong again. It is 2300Mhz...

    Will 3g still work on this ?

      It is dual channel HSPA+ capable, however, with a theoretical 3G upside of 42Mbps, so it’s possible that Australians on 3rd Generation iPads may actually get better speeds than Americans on 4G.

    I'd like to see some real world testing on battery life.

      They said 10 hours for the iPad 2, which is accurate. So I presume it's still the same.

    No 4G, no Ipad 3

    Sorry, but also this is NOT “retina display”. Based on Apples previous marketing – retina display is >330ppi. A nice effort but missed it by this much…

      The idea is that because you hold the ipad further away from your face, it's equivalent. Was mentioned in the keynote.

        You're supposed to sit 7*(diagonal screen size) away from your HDTV too. At that distance, it is also a "retina display".

    Telstra 4G modem + Netcomm pocket WiFi router + iPad WiFi - 4G problem solved. :)

      Or you could just by a tablet that's 4G compatible? I don't know if carrying around two extra devices is really a problem solver.

    Telstra's wireless broadband 4G modem is fantastic. I use it at home for my PC and travel all over Australia and never have a problem. Why would I use ADSL or, if it comes to that; a landline. Cable is so old fashioned.

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