Apple confirms iPad 2 UK launch

We feared the worst earlier in the week when talk of limited supplies was talking down the UK iPad 2 launch. However, Apple has now confirmed that the launch will go ahead, although the selling times could be a little more convenient, if we're being honest.

Apple will sell the iPad 2 in 25 countries from this Friday, 25th March, with the UK thankfully being one of them. It will be available at Apple retail stores and 'select Apple Authorised Resellers' at 5pm on Friday, as well as via the online Apple Store from 1am GMT. That means you'll either have to stay up late on Thursday night in the hope of securing one (and in the hope of the site not crashing) or take the day off work. Because, let's be honest, there is likely to be a full day of queueing required to guarantee an iPad 2 from an Apple store. With supplies already being short, we suspect a second wave of tablets could be a while off too.

'While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2', said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. 'We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone'.

We have broken down the iPad 2 previously, so check out here for an idea of what's new in the latest model. All that's left to tell you is that all-important pricing. The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi has a retail price of £399 for the 16GB model, £479.00 for the 32GB model and £559 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G sells for £499 for the 16GB model, £579 for the 32GB model and £659 for the 64GB model.

Of course, headline apps iMovie and GarageBand for iPad are available for £2.99 each, while the Smart Cover is available in a range of colours for £35 or £59 for the leather version.

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