iPad 2 priciest in Denmark, cheapest in the US!

Since the iPad 2 launched, several news agencies have compared the prices in different countries to see how expensive the iPad really is, most recently Reuters calculated the price of the device across Europe in comparison to the United States. The device starts at $499 in the United States for the 16 GB model and with taxes in the U.S., the device has an average total price of $547.

This compares to Europe in which most iPad 2-selling nations use the Euro as their form of currency. The iPad 2 starts at 479 euros in Europe and that converts to $678, interesting however is that Denmark seems to be the most expensive European country for the iPad, the iDevice starts at a converted $702 in Denmark, which means the iPad 2, before taxes, is over $200 cheaper in the United States than in Denmark.

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App Store coming to 33 new countries.

Apple has expanded App Store availability to an additional 33 countries. With this latest expansion, App Store apps are now available for purchase in about 123 nations. Apple still has some room left to expand, with several African, Middle Eastern, and South Pacific nations remaining unrepresented on the App Store.

New countries added to the roll include:

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Iceland
  • Montserrat
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

International iPad shipping times start at 2-3 weeks!

Well this was almost to be expected, in the first few days after the US release of the iPad 2 the shipping time increased to several weeks, now the international launch has already started in some countries, these however are recording order times of 2-3 weeks before it is delivered. Imagine what that number will be like later when the iPad reaches all countries!

Our suggestion is unless you can wait for your iPad, then you should really head to your nearest Apple Store and wait in line. Expect supplies to be even more constrained abroad than in the United States, though.

iPad still launching internationally March 25!

Even though many people had been worried that the ipad 2 launch would be delayed due to stock shortage, Apple has now confirmed that the iPad 2 launch internationally is still planned for this Friday, March 25.

According to an Apple spokesperson apparently the company is still following the date listed on the website, which means many European countries will get iPad 2 on Friday afternoon.

The launch definitely has been delayed in Japan, due to the Sendai earthquake and its consequences, but supposedly (according to an Apple Store employee) it’s on everywhere else, including Canada.

If you are trying to get an iPad 2 somewhere in the world this weekend, bewarned that the international launch will probably suffer from the same issues that the US launch did, with long lines, long waits, and not a lot of solid information to go around.

Full Press release below:

CUPERTINO, California-March 22, 2011-Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

“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 US, 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 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.

Pricing & Availability

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available 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 on March 25 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available 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. iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store℠ on iPad or http://www.itunes.com/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 (US) or rich leather for $69 (US).

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

iPhone 4 to be released in 17 new countries by July 30th.

While Apple CEO Steve Jobs did spend most of the press conference yesterday talking about the antenna issues with the iPhone 4, he did take the time to announce that the white iPhone would make it’s way to the stores in time for a late July release. Jobs added however that the white models would ship in limited quantities at first as production ramped up.

He also took the time to reassure the international audience who is still waiting patiently for their iPhones that it is indeed on it’s way. It will ship to 17 new countries by July 30th, these countries include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland then 24 more in August followed by an additional 40 by the end of September.