It is confirmed. Apple is going to release the iPad 2 in the international market on March 25, 2011. The tablet PC will become available in 25 countries. CNET.com reported that aside from these countries, the iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and "additional countries" in April 2011.
Sales in the U.K. would not start till 5 pm local time while online sales will start from 1 am G.M.T.
According to Guardian, Apple has chosen the timing to counter the grey market resellers. On the first day of the iPad 2 launch these people bought a large number of devices in the U.S. to resell them in other countries. On the contrary, T3 reported that the U.K launch had been delayed due to supply error.
Guardian also pointed out the fact that the price of the iPad 2 will be lower than that of the first gen iPad in the U.K even after the government introduced higher VAT in January. Thanks to the rise of pounds. Here is a price list of the iPad 2 and iPad in the U.K.
Wi-Fi only iPad 2:
16GB: £399.00 (£332.50 ex 20% VAT)
32GB: £479.00 (£399.17 ex 20% VAT)
64GB: £559.00 (£465.83 ex 20% VAT)
Wi-Fi only iPad:
Wi-Fi and 3G iPad 2:
16GB: £499.00 (£415.83 ex 20% VAT)
32GB: £579.00 (£482.50 ex 20% VAT)
64GB: £659.00 (£549.17 ex 20% VAT)
Wi-Fi and 3G iPad:
The Wi-Fi only iPad 2 will be available for £304.69 this year compared to the first-gen iPad that cost £340.54.