Johannesburg - On Thursday the Core Group, Apple’s official distributor in South Africa, confirmed that the highly popular iPad would be available in stores on Friday.
These stores include Apple’s official retailers, as well as certain Incredible Connection and Dion Wired stores.
The price of the device starts at R4 399 for a 16GB version without 3G – and a 64GB version with 3G costs R7 599.
The iPad, which looks like a big iPhone, is selling like hot cakes worldwide.
Initially it was expected that 3.3m iPads would be sold in 2010. The device’s popularity surprised even Apple – 14.8m were sold last year.
The iPad represents 90% of all tablet computers being sold globally.
Various iPads that consumers brought in from overseas have already been seen in South Africa.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, launched the iPad in the US almost exactly a year ago.
The iPad 2 is expected to be announced in the US soon, which could possibly affect South African sales of the current model.
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