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

6 April 2010

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.


Bitterwallet - Apple iPad Uk launch 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.

TOPICS:   Gadgets

36 comments

  • Alan
    student discount?
  • Nobby
    Are you sure they are not just celebrating the 40th anniversary of the launch of Dong Fang Hong I?
  • Nobby
    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/
  • Tom P.
    Is anyone from here going to try to get on the TV by queuing up on the Friday night?
  • Rumour: A.
    [...] on the 24th April, just three weeks after its highly successful launch stateside.Consumer website Bitterwallet has reportedly received confirmation from two independent sources. One source has indicated staff [...]
  • TomG
    Do you guys at Bitterwallet get some sort of commission from Apple or something? Because you seem obsessed with their products.....
  • Paul S.
    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.
  • Distorted-Loop.com C.
    [...] the good folk over at Bitterwallet (who sound awfully nice if a little less well-known, though seem to have been scribbling furiously [...]
  • LB33
    @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?
  • iPad S.
    [...] for the iPad in the UK before now, but according to BitterWallet’s sources that date is all but confirmed.  They’ve heard from different people – including an Apple Store employee – that [...]
  • hippy
    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?
  • iPad i.
    [...] ist der Starttermin für das iPad in Großbritannien der 24. April 2010, also in gut zweieinhalb Wochen. Großbritannien ist in Europa der wichtigste [...]
  • iPad E.
    [...] April | £TBC | Apple (Via Bitter Wallet) HTC Legend: everything you need to know The HTC Legend is one of the best looking Android [...]
  • iPad |.
    [...] for the iPad in the UK before now, but according to BitterWallet’s sources that date is all but confirmed.  They’ve heard from different people – including an Apple Store employee – that [...]
  • El A.
    [...] el otro lado del charco se asegura que el iPad será lanzado en el Reino Unido el próximo 24 de abril, por lo que esa misma fecha [...]
  • El A.
    [...] y aseguran que se cuentan con fundamentos para creer que en efecto se lanzaría ese día, incluso se basan en el argumento de un trabajador de la Apple Store que comentó que no se les permitirán descansos [...]
  • UR-VE.COM a.
    [...] y aseguran que se cuentan con fundamentos para creer que en efecto se lanzaría ese día, incluso se basan en el argumento de un trabajador de la Apple Store que comentó que no se les permitirán descansos [...]
  • iPad S.
    [...] to the folks over at Bitter Wallet, UK Apple employees have been told that they can’t take a holiday on April 24th, which could [...]
  • Sam W.
    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?
  • Apple U.
    [...] to Bitterwallet, this date was mentioned by two separate sources. It cited one source as “an individual claiming [...]
  • cheapskate
    What is an iPad for?
  • İddia: T.
    [...] Bitterwallet adındaki tüketici sitesinin yakın zaman içerisinde iki farklı kaynaktan edindiği bilgiye göre Apple iPad İngiltere’de 24 Nisan Cumartesi gününden itibaren satışa çıkıyor. Bu kaynaklardan bir tanesi Apple çalışanı ve bahsi geçen tarihi doğruluyor. Öbür kaynak ise başka bir Apple çalışanının 24 Nisan’da tüm mağaza çalışanlarının izinlerinin iptal edildiğini ve aynı zamanda her mağaza için fazladan çalışan çağrıldığını söylediğini belirtiyor. [...]
  • iPad T.
    [...] toe-tappin’ song and dance number about iPhone OS 4.0 tomorrow in San Francisco. Per Bitter Wallet, sources have pointed to an exact date as to when the tablet will go on sale [...]
  • Urban S.
    [...] to the folks over at Bitter Wallet, UK Apple employees have been told that they can’t take a holiday on April 24th, which could [...]
  • Site-ul C.
    [...] din iPad în valuri de la vest la est, în Marea Britanie fiind preconizată ziua de 24 aprilie ca dată de start. În materialul mai sus-amintit Radu s-a amuzat despre acest articol de pe [...]
  • iPhone A.
    [...] vollständigen Artikel: Breaking news: Apple iPad UK launch – Saturday 24th April? | BitterWallet Zum vollständigen Artikel: iPad UK launch April 24th says Apple Store employee – [...]
  • Wi-Fi U.
    [...] unofficial reports suggest that the iPad will hit UK shores on Saturday 24 April. According to Bitterwallet, this date was mentioned by two separate sources. It cited one source as “an individual claiming [...]
  • ipadinside.de A.
    [...] die Vertriebsmitarbeiter. Zudem wurde für dieser Termin (unter anderem auch in Kanada und Großbritannien) absolutes Urlaubsverbot verhängt. Weitere Details sind leider noch nicht bekannt, allerdings [...]
  • defoe
    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?
  • Apple’s B.
    [...] are running out of time to launch the iPad in the UK before the end of April. The UK Store was closed down a few minutes ago, which usually means a [...]
  • iPadMark
    My iPad is definitely my favourite new toy
  • Chantal W.
    Another great post, i've been keeping up with the blog for some time now and I look forward to more! Keep posting! Xxx
  • iPad 2.
    [...] toe-tappin’ song and dance number about iPhone OS 4.0 tomorrow in San Francisco. Per Bitter Wallet, sources have pointed to an exact date as to when the tablet will go on sale [...]
  • klaudio
    damn iPad's. I want one but saving money is not one of my advantages..huh :/
  • ıddaa K.
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  • Online S.
    damn iPad’s. I want one but saving money is not one of my advantages..huh :/

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