Apple expands iPad sales to 9 more countries

BOSTON Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:06pm EDT

A customer hold the new iPad tablet computer at its UK launch at an Apple store in central London May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A customer hold the new iPad tablet computer at its UK launch at an Apple store in central London May 28, 2010.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to start selling the iPad tablet PC, its latest hit product, in nine new international markets on Friday, making the device available in a total of 19 countries.

The new markets are Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore. Apple had previously said it would add those countries some time during July.

Apple introduced the device on April 3 in the United States, then on May 28 expanded sales to nine other countries, including Canada, Japan and Europe's biggest countries.

The maker of the iPhone and Mac computers said it expected to add "many more countries" before the end of this year, although it did not provide further details.

Wall Street estimates that Apple sold some 3.3 million iPads during its most recent quarter, which ended June 30. The company is scheduled to release quarterly financial results on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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EddieBak wrote:
The iPad has really improved the way I compute. It turns on immediately, it’s incredibly comfortable and it brings me closer to the the internet in a way that is so much enjoyable than a formal desktop of laptop. The computing experience is unlike anything in the marketplace. In terms of education, it’s literally genius! Did you every see a kid use an iPad? There’s no teaching or explaining necessary. Kids pick it up, figure out how to use it intuitively and enjoy the experience! And all of this happening for purpose of educational Apps. It’s mesmerizing! I used to spend hours and hours teaching kids how to use computers (mouse, pointer, trackpad, etc..)so they could master the interface with the goal of learning. Now, I spend all my time watching them learn effortlessly using Multi-Touch. Now that’s magical!

Jul 19, 2010 10:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
3rv wrote:
they better pay you for the ad Eddie b/c it got me thinking

Jul 19, 2010 1:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
theobvious wrote:
ya, ive got an ipad and its the biggest waste of money ever. You cant even write on it (i mean pen like text format) and you can write on the HP slate, so its not like its impossible. Its speakers are worthless so u pretty much need headphones for some movies and vids. Its rly bad at handling multiple scroll boxes, cant do it. The case it comes with kinda suks, not saying its a serious thing its jsut the kinda case that makes u wanna go get a better case. Fingerprints get ridiculous on this and i dont get how thats even possible since this seems like something that they wouldve taken care of with the iphone, ive been informed i can buy things to solve this but i dont wanna go bak to blow some more money on this just so they can keep design flaws in. Its not as cutting edge and innovative as everyone thinks, so im telling you, dont make the same mistake i did, check out some of the similar things other companys hav made b4 u get this, and if u just wanna buy anything shiny and made by apple, then sorry for wasting your time i cant help you

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