Apple iPad in SA: Why was the wait so long?

Core Group, official distributors of Apple products in South Africa, recently revealed that South Africa was one of twenty-five countries where the Apple iPad was launched on 28 January 2011.

Apple first launched the iPad in the United States during April 2010, and many wonder why South Africa had to wait nine months to be able to purchase the device through Apple’s official channels.

According to Core the roll-out of the iPad is decided by Apple on a global basis.

“iPad is a brand new product category that Apple has rolled out globally in phases,” Core said.

Apple first sold the iPad outside the United States a month after its launch, rolling out in nine countries on 28 May 2010.

The popular tablet hit another nine countries in July, China in September, and Russia, Scandanavia and Malaysia in November.

Among the 25 countries the received the device in January 2011 are India, Latvia, and South Africa.

Given the time it took for the iPad to be officially launched in South Africa, concerns have been raised regarding how long we’ll have to wait for the iPad 2.

“We can only comment on current released products and not on speculation and rumours,” Core said when asked about the speculation surrounding the iPad 2. “At this stage we have no indication that a new version of iPad will be launched any time soon.”

“The Launch of iPad in South Africa is part of a wave of scheduled roll-outs of the product throughout the world,” Core re-iterated. “We are thrilled to be part of this roll-out.”

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