Apple: iPad 2 Coming to 25 More Countries Friday


Apple (s aapl) has made it official: the iPad 2 goes on sale in 25 more countries beginning this Friday, March 25. It’ll be available beginning at 5 p.m. local time at Apple retail locations in those countries, and online through the Apple Store at 1 a.m. on the 25th, just as when it first launched in the U.S.

Countries getting the iPad Friday include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. Apple lists only U.S. pricing in its official press release, and all prices are the same as currently listed at Apple’s U.S. store.

Apple also announced that Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and other additional countries will be getting the iPad 2 sometime in April, and many more countries would follow after that. The company noted further details regarding international availability and pricing would be released at a later date.

I reported yesterday that this had been unofficially confirmed via an Apple Store employee, but now Apple clearly wants international customers to know it will indeed be worth it to head down to your Apple Store extra early on Friday. Will we see lines at international stores? Considering there are still lines at U.S. stores, I’d say that’s a safe bet.

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