Wednesday, March 23, 2011

23rd March 2011, Wednesday -- Apple has announced that Apple iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 more countries this Friday, 25th March 2011. This is not really a good news for us in Brunei. The good news is that Apple also announced that ALL MODELS of iPad 2 will be available in Hongkong, Korea, SINGAPORE, and additional countries in April 2011. Apple did not announce the pricing for Singapore market yet. But I expect, by looking at USA and others countries price, iPad 2 will have the same pricing scheme as iPad 1. May be there is a little change due to currency exchange fluctuation.

The following is the PRESS RELEASE about the iPad 2 availability and pricing:

iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday

Available in Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore in April

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® ( 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 and 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 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.

Press Contacts:
Trudy Muller
(408) 862-7426

Janette Barrios
(408) 974-7608

What is the relevant about the availablity of iPad 2 in Singapore to us in Brunei? As you know, Brunei is not listed in the Apple's press release about their products availability. Usually, when a new Apple product is available in Singapore, it is also available in Brunei Darussalam. Moreover, historically, the price of iPod Touch, iPad 1, and others Apple products are similar or nearly the same that are sold in Brunei (with some exceptions, that is, some Apple products are more cheaper there than in Brunei).

For further details about Apple iPad 2 and other Apple products for Brunei market, you can visit AV Electronics (Apple Premium Reseller in Brunei Darussalam) through their Facebook fan page HERE.

And, just in case, you are looking for a better deal outside Brunei, you can visit Apple Store Singapore or Apple Store Malaysia for the price indicator in those respective countries. May be you want to cross the border for a few hours or take a weekend flight to Kuala Lumpur (using AirAsia) or Singapore.

p/s: Should I get iPad 2 or not. No Retina display... May be I should wait for iPad 3. My iPad 1 storage memory is about 19GB left. I fill my iPad with magazines, documents, apps, books, etc at a rate of 2-3GB per month. I think my iPad 1 can accomodate further download for another 5-6 months. There are some rumours that iPad 3 will come out in September 2011, and iPad 3 will have Retinal display as well as 128GB storage memory capacity. 

If I want to get iPad 2, I have to wait for Otterbox releasing their Defender Series case for iPad 2 BEFORE getting iPad 2. I am a fan of Otterbox Defender Series case...

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