Apple says the new iPad, the third generation of its tablet device, will arrive at Apple’s retail stores and the Apple Online Store (http://www.apple.com) on Friday, March 16 at 8 a.m. local time in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Every customer who buys a new iPad at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad before they leave the store. Personal Pickup, available at Apple retail stores in the US and a feature of the free Apple Store app, lets iPad customers shop and buy from anywhere they are, then pick up their purchase at any Apple retail store. In the US the new iPad will also be available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart.
The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white for a suggested retail price of US$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada and 3G networks around the world, including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. Additionally, the iPad 2 is now offered at a price of $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.
Starting March 23 the new iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.