iPad goes on sale in SA

2011-01-28 07:12

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.

- Sake24

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  • Peter Bendheim - 2011-01-28 07:40

    It's a great device and it's about time it reached here. The reality is probably that with the iPad 2 expected shortly excess stock of the iPad 1 is being dumped in the third world something that happens often - we are often one model behind with technology. One has to wonder why it took nearly a year for the iPad to be released here.

  • Elkay - 2011-01-28 08:28

    Am not sure who this story is intended for Mr Bottomley, but i feel compelled to critisize the emptiness of the story. whats the objective? This is not news at all.

  • Steven Gregory - 2011-01-28 10:30

    Why should South Africa get the "left over" firts generation when the second generation is about the hit the shelves?! Boycott Apple!

  • Solo - 2011-01-28 12:14

    Classic "product dump". And next month all the geeks will be camping outside Apple Stores around the world for the new iPad 2. All a bit sad actually

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