So the Apple Philippines Online Store has finally added the iPad to the online store (although the link still goes to a blank page) in preparation for the official release in the Philippines.
Other stores have been selling them too, like the iCampus in Ateneo (at much cheaper prices too).
However, the local launch seemed like a bit too late considering the initial release was way back in April. That’s about 9 months old already.
We know Steve will introduce a new iPad this summer (that’s in 3 months) and it will (hopefully) have all the upgrades people wanted on the tablet (FaceTime HD anyone?). It will also probably have higher storage capacities too.
Buying a new iPad today does not seem to be a reasonable move.
- Your brand new iPad becomes obsolete in 3 or 4 months due to the introduction of a newer model.
- You’ll be missing out on newer features and upgrades.
- The re-sale value of your 1st gen iPad will plummet once the new iPads are announced.
On the other-hand, there’s some advantages too that favors it. For one, you get local warranty and support from official Apple Resellers.
As for the prices, the suggested retail price of iPads in the gray market have actually stabilized to the point that they’re within 5 to 10% which isn’t bad (so the wait isn’t really that worth it). I remember getting a 64GB iPad 3G+WiFi for about Php38,500 just last month from a source in Greenhills. That’s actually cheaper than the official prices.
So here’s my question to you — you think the uber-delayed launch of the iPad in the Philippines is a win or a fail? Leave your answers in the comment section below. I’m very close to call it a fail but for now, I’ll give it a tie.