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Confirmed: iPad 2 Launches At 5PM In Stores, 1AM Online With Price Drop

by on March 22nd, 2011

This morning Apple issued a press statement regarding the iPad 2 launch in Canada.

Availability

According to the release, the iPad 2 will launch in Canada at 5PM local time on March 25, 2011. Furthermore, Apple Retail Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers (Best Buy, Future Shop, London Drugs, etc) will be the main purchase points.

Online sales will be available from 1AM PDT through www.apple.ca.

Apple today announced that iPad 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store (www.apple.ca) beginning at 1 a.m.

Pricing

While initially listed in US dollars, the release also confirmed pricing, which is $30 cheaper than the original 2010 iPad:

  • 16 GB WiFi: $519 (CAN)
  • 32 GB WiFi: $619 (CAN)
  • 64 GB WiFi: $719 (CAN)
  • 16 GB WiFi + 3G: $649 (CAN)
  • 32 GB WiFi + 3G: $749 (CAN)
  • 64 GB WiFi + 3G: $849 (CAN)

“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.”

Launch Inventory

Using the US launch as a guide, most Authorized resellers will sellout on Friday with no weekend inventory.

Apple Stores however will also sellout on Friday, but like in the US and with previous Canadian iPhone and iPad launches, many Apple Stores will hold reserve inventory for the launch weekend.

Apple Stores will also have the most inventory out of all the iPad 2 sellers/purchase points.

So if you miss Friday, your chances are okay to get an iPad 2 early on the Saturday after launch day.

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