There have been a lot of Apple iPads being sold locally but all thru the gray market with prices going beyond Php50,000 a pop. Others are waiting for the Philippine release but that has not been revealed by Apple yet.
Due to the huge demand and low supply, Apple has been forced to delay release of units in the US affecting the dates for release in other countries.
Apple today announced that the iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on May 28, 2010.
This will be followed by a scheduled release in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July. See official release by Apple on the list on countries.
The Philippines is still nowhere in sight so that means we won’t be seeing it in local Apple Retailers before August of 2010. So for those asking and hoping, that’s at least 3 months more of waiting. I’ve been asking telco execs about the release and this could be what they meant when they said “you’d be disappointed with the expected release dates“.
It’s still unknown what the local pricing will be but if we based it on the price difference (SRP) of the iPod Touch sold in the US and in the Philippines, it’s about 31.2% more. That makes the entry-level iPad WiFi ($499) in the range of Php28,800.