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Posted by on Apr 7, 2010 in Voted | 2 comments

Apple iPad in South Africa

Are you a techno geek? Do you always “need” the latest gadget? Then the Apple iPad is the latest item keeping you awake at night…

Well now you can have a good nights’ sleep. Order yours now from and you could get yours by the end of the week.

Just one problem. They are not authorised dealers and so you will not have any warranty or back up service. Also, you will have to pay a premium to own this new ubber toy.

The Apple website advertises the entry level 16GB at a cool $499.00. This same unit from the local GREY importer will set you back R5312.59. That’s a cool R1669.89 lost in translation, if you know what I mean.

If you are aiming at the top of the range 64GB 3G model then Apple recommends you pay $829.00 as opposed to the R8690.00 in SA. A cool R2638.30 premium.

The Core Group remind you that even they do not have one yet, nor the ability to repair them.

RJ van Spaandonk, executive director of the Core Group which is Apple’s official representative and sole distributor in South Africa, warned that purchasing grey products could lead to trouble for local iPad owners.

Apple has separate warranties for its portable computing products as it does for the iPhone and iPad, which it regards differently.

“The markedly different clause in the warranty stipulates that Apple may restrict service to the country where Apple or its authorised distributors originally sold the hardware product,” said Van Spaandonk.

“At this point no Apple Authorised Service Provider – not even us – is authorised or equipped to service iPads. We cannot help, even if the customer were to have paid import duties, taxes, et cetera, and could prove it,” he said.

“Furthermore, grey importers are not Apple authorised service providers and may not repair or exchange iPads.”

Van Spaandonk said that when buying from a grey importer, the customer runs the risk that the warranty will not apply, since it is not transferable.

“If customers cannot wait, and buy in the US directly, they can at least claim warranty support in the US.

“If they buy it here in SA from a grey importer, they cannot claim warranty support from Apple and have to rely on the grey importer, which won’t have access to such facilities from Apple,” he said. News24

So if I was you, i’d wait for them to get stock first and then run down to the iStore and pick one up, they do look ubber cool don’t they?


  1. Apple makes great products!

  2. Please can I have the competitive quote for the IPads. I am looking to provide these to Unilever employees and I am quite sure the number will be large as there is a high demand within the business.

    Please also let me know other potential distributors? E.g. Datacentrix? XON KwaZulu Natala?


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