New iPad hits nine more markets
Now available in a total of 57 countries
Published: 30 April, 2012
As of last Friday Apple's new iPad is now available in nine more markets bringing the grand total so far to 57. This means that Apple fans in Columbia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand will be able to enjoy the updated slate. It's the fourth wave of its global rollout and follows on from the previous Friday's launch in twelve countries among which South Korea was the most significant.
Key features of the new iPad include a retina display, dual-core processor and an improved 5mp iSight camera, it also promises the same 10 hour battery life of previous models. Though the specs might be slightly different as in the US consumers in the nine new markets will have to pay the equivalent of $499 for the entry level model going up to $829 for the 64GB 4G version. Of course for those not bothered about the better display and faster processor the iPad 2 is going to be available for a reduced price.
Not everything has been rosy for the tablet however and along with the improvements users have reported several bugs as well including Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity issues. The latter point won't be an issue outside of the US and Canada though where 4G LTE connectivity is not supported.
While it's good news for the nine countries that can now enjoy its retina display goodness there's still no word on when it will reach China despite it being a key market for Apple.
The new iPad might not have completed its world tour yet but with it proving to be more of an incremental upgrade than many were hoping for there's already plenty of speculation and rumours about what form the next generation model is going to take.