Apple’s new iPad 2 will go on sale in Australia on Friday, starting at $579 for an entry-level WiFi version.
Apple this morning released the Australian pricing for iPad 2.
iPad 2 – WiFi only
16 GB … $579
32 GB … $689
64 GB … $799
iPad 2 – WiFi + 3G
16 GB … $729
32 GB … $839
64 GB … $949
Prices for the iPad 2 are cheaper than the original iPad 1 prices in Australia last year. For the Wi-Fi only iPad, iPad 1 prices last year were $629 for 16GB, $759 (32GB) $879 (64GB), and for WiFi and 3G, iPad 1 prices were $799 (16B) $928 (32GB) and $1049 (64GB)
The iPad2 will go on sale at Australian Apple stores at 5pm in local time zones, and will be available online from 1am.
Smart covers will be available in Australia for $45, for the polyurethane version, and $79 for leather.
“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.
“We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the U.S., and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner and, depending on the model, up to 15 per cent lighter than the original iPad.
It sports a 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen, a dual-core A5 processor, a front-facing VGA camera, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video.
Apple claims the iPad 2 will deliver up to 10 hours of battery life, depending on settings and active programs.
iPad 2 goes on sale on Friday in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Apple said the iPad 2 would be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and other countries in April.