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Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Computing, Featured, Gadgets | 6 comments

Apple iPad Arrives In South Africa. Eventually.

The Core Group – local representatives and official distributors for Apple products in South Africa – released information to local media late this afternoon to let us know that they are releasing the Apple iPad in South Africa tomorrow.

A bit of a short notice, but after waiting a year, the touch tablet device will now be available through licenced retailers and, presumably, enjoy local support.

Apple iPadHowever, there is a slight bit of a bad taste in my mouth about the news. Entirely personal opinion there. I just think that Core are showing a level of arrogance in their approach to the South African consumer.

Not only has it taken a year for them to get the iPad onto local shelves, but more significantly, news of the imminent release of version 2 of the iPad being just weeks away is common knowledge. The reasonably aggressive price points for the iPad here suggest to me that they have a large consignment of old tech that they are wanting to move to local consumers. Or should that be ‘dump’ on local consumers?

Is it going to take another year before we catch up with the rest of the planet and start selling v2 devices here? Surely there must be a realisation that consumers may not be that naive? Especially tech savvy early adopters who are in constant contact with developments and products available internationally. Yes, those same ones who have already bought their iPads when overseas themselves, or relied on secondary suppliers to import the devices for them.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the iPad is an amazing piece of kit. I want one. But am I going to dash out to an Incredible store near me tomorrow morning and buy one? No. If anything I’m going to wait for the 2nd generation device to be released in the near future. And when it is, I’m going to compare it carefully to the other options available to me at the time. And if Core are going to expect me to wait another year before I can get my hands on an iPad 2 locally, I might spend a lot more time investigating those other options.

Oh, and don’t get me started on the hurdles that South African users of Apple products (including the iPad I imagine) need to get over in order to get full use out of the features that other markets enjoy for the same prices. Features like unrestricted access to the iTunes Store, the iPod/iPhone App Store, and the recently launched Mac Store.

Suffice it to say that if you are going to be purchasing an iPad locally I’d suggest that you register your device with a address in the US. At least I’d suggest if it weren’t somewhat illegal. But it is. So don’t do that.

The iPad is available in two basic flavours: The iPad with Wi-Fi and the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G. In each case you’ll also have three choices of size: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

Recommended Retail Pricing and some basic specifications look like this:

iPad with Wi-Fi:

  • 16GB @ R4,399
  • 32GB @ R5,399
  • 64GB @ R6,399
    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
    • Multi-Touch screen
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    • Up to 10 hours of battery life
    • 0.68 kg and 13.4 mm thin

iPad with Wi-Fi+3G:

  • 16GB @ R5,599
  • 32GB @ R6,599
  • 64GB @ R7,599
    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
    • Multi-Touch screen
    • 3G data service (data plan sold separately)
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    • Up to 10 hours of battery life
    • 0.73 kg and 13.4 mm thin

The iPad will be available for purchase from selected Apple iStores, Premium Resellers, Incredible Connection stores, and Dion Wired stores nationwide. Visit the Core Groups’ Apple iPad information page for details.

6 Comments

  1. Core is a nightmare when needing a mac repaired here. It makes me wonder how stupid Core thinks South Africans are, as you say those that did want an ipad would’ve bought theirs themselves in the past year.

  2. Don’t know how Apple work over there, but it does sound like you are being shafted a little.

    There are a lot of Apple users out here, really a lot. And even the slow thinkers amongst them know that iPad 2 will ship soon. At the moment no-one is buying an iPad, and in a months time they’ll be selling them on sale to get rid of them before v2 launches.

    I think there maybe a small worm in you apple…

  3. Still no printing from iPad. Also no windows app………..
    We have a couple of iPads in the company, mainly used for reading emails and surfing the net…….

    • Makes it a damn expensive, although very pretty, web & mail browser…

  4. I want that baby bad. Very bad. It is gonna make me appear so cool. Vain, oh I am so vain. But in the name of fabness and vanity, I am also going to hold on for a bit. For number 2. Hoping it is not gonna be pure number 2.

    Ps. Thanks Greg. You know what for.

    • Agree that it is a very sexy toy. Every fab bitch should have one 😉

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