Setting aside the disappointment that Apple has pushed back the international iPad launch to May 2010, Canadians finally have an official date for the preorder availability of the iPad.
Apple has announced that May 10, 2010 will be the day that Canadians can finally preorder the iPad for purchase within Canada. It is likely that May 10 will allow both the WiFi and 3G models of the iPad to be preordered online from Apple.ca and of course finally unveil the pricing.
Considering the Canadian dollar is almost par with the US Dollar, pricing for the iPad will likely be the same as the US pricing, starting at $499 for the 16GB WiFi. However, Apple could treat the iPad like the iPod Touch pricing and possibly increase the Canadian iPad pricing by $29 to start at $529 for the 16GB WiFi.
Previous estimates put the Canadian iPad launch at April 24, 2010 however that date is now incorrect. If the US iPad release schedule is any indication of how the Canadian launch will go, the release date for the iPad in Canada should be June 1, 2010. This is based on the US preorder on March 12, 2010 to the final release on April 3, 2010, 22 days.
However if the launch in Canada is to be on a Saturday, which is likely, the release may be on May 29, 2010, the last Saturday in May. We’ve also been tipped that Apple Stores have their blackout dates extended to cover all of May 2010, adding to the previous end of April blackout period.
Of course this all depends on just how badly you want the iPad, as there is nothing wrong with jumping down south and picking up your iPad from the US.
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