Apple has announced that the iPad, which has sold more than 1 million units in the U.S., will be available in Canada and eight other international countries on Friday, May 28.
Canadians who have been waiting since April for the device to come to this country will be able to pick up the WiFi-only versions for $549 for 16GB model, $649 for 32GB, $749 for 64GB. The 3G model will be available for $679 for 16GB, $779 for 32GB and $879 for 64GB.
In April, Rogers announced they would be offering iPad 3G data plans, although the wireless company has yet to release pricing details. On Thursday, Cogeco Data Services announced it is bringing out a $5-per-month Wi-Fi data plan in Toronto. Users in the downtown core will be able to connect to Cogeco Data's city Wi-Fi network.
Besides Canada, consumers in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will be able to pre order any of the six iPad models on Monday, May 10. Apple will launch the coveted device later this summer in several other countries, including Hong Kong, Ireland, and New Zealand.
The company, which has already delayed the international iPad launch by a month, said it continues to have difficulty meeting demand.
"Demand continues to exceed supply and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers," Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a statement.
Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst said early sales have clearly exceeded Wall Street's expectations. He had previously estimated sales for the entire June quarter at 1.25 million units.
Ernst said his research indicates that a large portion of buyers are so-called early adopters and people who were already Apple fans, so the breadth of long-term demand is still not clear.
But he called the iPad a "game-changer. This is a product that could really redefine how we consume a lot of content."
Apple has pitched the iPad as an all-purpose media consumption device, good for video, games, electronic books and magazines and Web browsing.
Users have so far downloaded 1.5 million digital books.
Apple also said iPad users have downloaded 12 million software applications, or apps. There are more than 5,000 iPad apps available.
Many on Wall Street expect Apple to sell 5 million iPads this year, although estimates vary due to the difficulty in forecasting for a tablet computer market that is brand new.
The company sold 300,000 iPads on launch day, April 3, and a half million in the first week.
With files from Reuters