With just over two days to go until the iPad 2 launches in Australia on Friday, Apple has finally set local pricing for the device. The weird thing? If you go to an Apple Store to buy it, you’ll have to wait until 5pm.
The pricing matches up with rumours that were circulating earlier this week. For Wi-Fi only models: 16GB is $579, 32GB is $689 and 64GB is $799. For the Wi-Fi+3G models, the 16GB model is $729, the 32GB is $839 and the 64GB is $949. Standard smart covers are $45, while the leather versions are $79.
Online orders will be available at 1am, but Apple stores and “selected Apple authrorised resellers” won’t start selling the iPad 2 until 5pm (in whatever your local time zone is). Apart from rather cynically assuming that guarantees Apple a bunch of live crosses from 6pm news services, that again suggests that the devices might be in short supply. It could also lead to some last-minute queuing drama. The “suburban” Apple stores in Castle Hill, Charlestown, Chatswood, Chermside and Robina all have Friday closing times of 5:30pm; I imagine they’ll need to adjust the hours this week.