Breaking news: Apple iPad UK launch – Saturday 24th April?

April 6th, 2010 35 Comments By Paul Smith

In the last hour, Bitterwallet has heard from two separate sources that the Apple iPad will be available to UK customers from Saturday 24th April. One source is an individual claiming to be an Apple employee who explicitly claims the date is correct; the other has been told by an employee that staff working in Apple’s UK stores are not allowed time off on 24th April, and extra staff have been asked to work in-store. The working restrictions for that date coincide with an earlier snippet of news from UberGizmo.

Picture 31 Breaking news: Apple iPad UK launch   Saturday 24th April?
Picture 4 Breaking news: Apple iPad UK launch   Saturday 24th April?

There has been no official word from Apple yet; their website still states the iPad will launch in the UK in “late April”. However, if Apple wants to mirror its US activity and launch the product on a Saturday, then the 24th is perhaps the only viable option; the following Saturday is 1st May. Apple could plan a weekday launch, which would mean less of a bang and shorter queues at the tills.

If Apple wants a healthy number of pre-orders before launch, then expect an announcement on date and pricing this week.

Comments (35) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Alan April 6, 2010 at 9:47 am

    student discount?

  2. Posted by Nobby April 6, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Are you sure they are not just celebrating the 40th anniversary of the launch of Dong Fang Hong I?

  3. Posted by Nobby April 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Same rumours in canada too, although they should be available now for pre-order according to their calculations.

    http://www.ipadincanada.ca/ipad-news/ipad-launch-date-in-canada-april-24th/

  4. Is anyone from here going to try to get on the TV by queuing up on the Friday night?

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  6. Posted by TomG April 6, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Do you guys at Bitterwallet get some sort of commission from Apple or something? Because you seem obsessed with their products…..

  7. There aren’t many other tech products that make the UK broadsheets and tabloids on a weekly/daily basis – the iPhone 3GS was front page news in this country. When other products do the same, we’ll probably talk about them, too.

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  9. Posted by LB33 April 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

    @Paul Smith – So you’re effectively telling us you’re a herd of sheep copying from other sources rather than giving coverage to new or interesting products which have had less exposure?

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  11. Posted by hippy April 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    i think they should release it on the 21st to coincide with the queens birthday or maybe st george’s day on the 23rd.
    Im using an ipad type application to look up these dates, its called a calendar and its on my wall, its got loads of pictures of gorrillas and i can share it with friends cos it doesnt have drm!

    how much is an ipad gonna cost anyway?

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  19. Posted by Sam Woodward April 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    An imported iPad is already being used for building lighting controls in the UK:

    http://www.edincontrols.com/news.html

    It would be interesting to know how many of the 300,000 sold on “day one” are still in the USA?

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  21. Posted by cheapskate April 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    What is an iPad for?

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  29. Posted by defoe April 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    apple don’t hire temp staff. So theres no “extras” coming in.

    Apple staff are not told anything about releases, many are told they are not allowed time off due to staff shortages etc.

    Apple put back release dates before, they could do it again to the 1st of may, then everyone would have been paid?

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  31. My iPad is definitely my favourite new toy

  32. Another great post, i’ve been keeping up with the blog for some time now and I look forward to more! Keep posting! Xxx

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  34. damn iPad’s. I want one but saving money is not one of my advantages..huh :/

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