Apple iPad arrives in the UK in April, costs from £389?
Ever since the entry-level price of the Apple iPad was unveiled as $499, plenty of doomsayers have been expecting a UK price-tag of £500 and higher. Not so, according to Geeky Gadgets. They have it on good authority that the basic model (WiFI, no 3G) will cost £389.
The site has also heard on the techno grapevine that the 32GB WiFi model will cost £439 and the 64GB WiFi model will be available for £489. There's no pricing yet for the 3G model, but given the cost of the US versions, those prices suggest a 16GB 3G iPad would also come in under the £500 barrier. While the last week in March is slated for the US release of the device, Geeky Gadgets believes we won't get our greasy fingers on that touchscreen until April.
If true, then compared to the US prices, these figures don't really screw over UK consumers; a $499 16GB iPad would cost £327 if ordered from the US today, plus import VAT of £57.23. It's unusual for there to be such parity in pricing, so we'll wait until we see the figures for real before siding with this report.
[Geeky Gadgets] thanks to avid Bitterwallet reader Daniel