Consumer electronics company Apple Inc launched its PC iPad in nine more countries namely Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore past Friday, July 23.

The company which also designs and makes smartphone iPhone and music player iPod said iPad is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US for a retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB iPad wi-fi models, making the device available in a total of 19 countries.

Apple was careful not to promise a launch date for the rest of the world. The company said it “will roll out iPad in many more countries later this year and announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date”.

However, LG, one of the largest supplier of displays for Apple's iPad, says it cannot meet the enormous demand for the device.

"Demand (from Apple) keeps growing and we can't meet it all. Apple may have to delay launches of the iPad for some countries due to tight component supplies and strong demand," LG Display CEO Kwon Young-soo told reporters.

Wall Street estimates that Apple sold some 3.3 million iPads during its most recent quarter, which ended June 30.

iPad allows users to browse the web, read and send e-mail, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games and read e-books using its revolutionary 'multi-touch' user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs about 1.5 pounds, which is thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. It delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.


Portada Staff

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