iPad 2 cheaper than predecessor

Following fears that its release date may be delayed due to shortages, it has recently been confirmed that Apple’s iPad 2 will go on sale in Britain at 5pm on friday, at prices starting from £399 for the 16GB wifi model, which is effectively £30 cheaper than the launch price of an original iPad with the same specs last year.

This is also the case of the higher end 64GB, wi-fi and 3G enabled model which will be sold at a launch price of £659, that is £40 less than the original iPad of the same range released last year.

Other models are priced as follows: 32GB Wi-Fi only at £479, 64GB Wi-Fi only at £559, 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G at £499 and 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G at £579.

An average 5% drop in prices across its range of tablets, partly helped by the favourable exchange rate. Sales of the iPad will officially launch in 25 countries on friday including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, whilst sales in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea won’t start for another two weeks.

Amid fears of stock shortages apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, addressed the concerns saying: “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.”

The iPad 2, which was launched in the US earlier this month, has a faster processor than the first generation model, sports front and rear facing cameras and is also slimmer and lighter than its predecessor although heavily criticised for still not supporting Adobe Flash and showing no improvement in terms of connectivity with the absence of HDMI and USB ports as well as an SD card slot.

Nevertheless analysts estimate that during the first weekend of iPad 2 sales, Apple sold between 400,000 and 500,000 iPad 2s in the US. Beating last year’s figure for the original iPad of 300000 sold in the first weekend.

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