The new iPad 3 which is set to go on sale this Friday at 8am in Apple retail stores and the Apple Online Store, has received a record number of pre-orders. According to analysts from Canaccord Genuity, Apple has received a record breaking number of orders for their new iPad.
Apple iPad 3 ... Will go on sale in 10 countries this Friday at 8am
If you pre-ordered an Apple iPad 3 you were amongst 65.6 million people who are expected to purchase an iPad this year, up from an original projection of 55.9 million units. In 2013 the tablet sales are expected to increase with sales of 90.6 million iPads predicted, up from an original projection of 79.7 million units. Part of this success is due to Apple launching the new iPad simultaneously in ten countries this Friday; the biggest for an iOS device launch, according to CEO Tim Cook. The huge amount of pre-orders means new orders in some countries have been pushed back with the earliest shipping date being “2-3 weeks”.
Other manufacturers are currently struggling to compete with the iPad but Canaccord predicts Windows 8 tablets could be its biggest competitor in the future… “while Samsung appears to have the most competitive Android tablet offering, we view Windows 8 as a greater longer-term threat to Apple’s dominant iPad share than Android tablets.”
The Apple iPad 3 will be available in Apple retail stores across the US on Friday 16 at 8am. It will also be available from Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Radio Shack and Sam’s Club, although these stores will have incredibly limited quantities.
Apple also said that the new iPad will be available on Friday in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands. On March 23rd, the iPad will launch in additional markets, including in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
The new iPad features a Retina Display with a resolution of 2048×1536, a dual-core 1Ghz processor and quad-core graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 16 through 64GB of storage. It has a rear five megapixel camera which is capable of 1080p video recording. LTE models are also available for both AT&T and Verizon.
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New iPad Arrives in the US & Nine Additional Countries on Friday
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced the new iPad®, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, will arrive at Apple’s retail stores and the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 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.
The new iPad features a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G supports ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada, and fast 3G networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.** Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just $399.
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.
Pricing & Availability
The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white starting on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada and fast 3G networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, 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 will be sold in the US through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Additionally, the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model. iOS 5.1 and iTunes® 10.6 are currently available as free software updates. iPhoto®, iMovie® 1.3 and GarageBand® 1.2 are now available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store (www.itunes.com/appstore). Keynote® 1.6, Pages® 1.6 and Numbers® 1.6 are available for $9.99 (US) each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers.
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.