iPad - UK Customers

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Balloonless, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Balloonless macrumors member

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    So, we don't get it here until the end of April, with the bookstore not being available to us until 'later in the year'

    Not even bothered to give us a realease date.

    Prices for the uk will be (wifi models)

    16gb - £499
    32gb - £599
    64gb - £699

    I don't think I'll bother now, I'll look at the kindle or the new Archos unit.
     
  2. Bentron macrumors 6502

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    Can I ask where you got your these prices? Have you made them up or got them from somewhere else? I'm not saying they're wrong, not saying they're right I'm just wondering why you think they are that price.
     
  3. Balloonless thread starter macrumors member

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    They have been rumoured for a while, and play.com put the prices up and took them down an hour later.
     
  4. Sparced macrumors regular

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    Supposedly Play.com had those prices up yesterday or the day before. I don't believe $499 equals £499. Not a chance that's happening.

    They're more likely to be £389, £439 and £489 as Geeky Gdgets reported.
     
  5. Bentron macrumors 6502

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    Well I guess it depends where you go. The exchange rate at the moment isn't good for us, at all! So the price could decrease or increase dependent on that. I think it's a good thing in a way, it gives the £ a chance to bounce back against the $ (or keep going down, it will probably keep going down..).

    As for Play.com, I really don't think they are the prime source for Apple's cutting edge tech. If there are the low-ish supplies that have been rumoured then they wouldn't get the first batch.
     
  6. Bentron macrumors 6502

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    See that was what I thought, but then I've just read this:

    http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/index.cfm?newsid=3214362&pagtype=allchandate

    It basically says due to the weakening of the £ the base model has gone up from their original prediction of £389 to around £417.
     
  7. Balloonless thread starter macrumors member

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    I won't be getting one now, going on holiday on the 10th April, I planned to have the ipad up and running with a few books on it.

    Those prices are a joke, and no bookstore until later in the year for uk users?

    Lol, joke of a product launch.
     
  8. Bentron macrumors 6502

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    Well I think you could get away with that one a bit:

    http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/browse/ebooks/4294964587/

    I assume the iBooks app will be usable, you just won't be able to flip it around, no matter how much you try! I agree it is a bit naff that it isn't up and running from day one, but there are ways around it.
     
  9. stridemat Moderator

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    All the prices that have been appearing are purely speculative. Let's wait till Apple themselves announces the prices, they say the want to price the iPad as competitively as possible to compete with the netbook market. If it's going to be a success in the UK then prices need to be lower than mentioned above, and Apple will know this.
     
  10. Balloonless thread starter macrumors member

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    And the bookstone now being available to us until 'later in the year' or the fact this won't be out until the end of April? The yanks get it 3rd April
     
  11. stridemat Moderator

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    ..and how does that stipulate if the iPad is a success or not? So the American might get the book store a few weeks before the UK. The UK is still going to get it.

    Apple is an American company so of course they are going to concentrate on that market first, waiting a month is not the end of the world.
     
  12. Bentron macrumors 6502

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    "Publishers in the UK are expecting Apple's iBook Store to follow closely behind the launch of the iPad in the UK in March, but no one spoken to by The Bookseller would name a launch date." the Bookseller

    Being a Publishing student the Bookseller is THE source for anything publishing related. So for a stab in the dark I will say June, when the new iPhone and software updates are unveiled. That's only about a month wait.

    http://www.thebookseller.com/news/114212-apple-planning-for-international-ibook-store-expansion.html
     
  13. Gymgenius Suspended

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    Like it.
    You can get a half-decent netbook for £250 these days, so I would expect (hope) the iPad is priced to compete or even obliterate netbook sales.
     
  14. stridemat Moderator

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    Never going to happen - ever heard of the Apple tax? In America Apple have priced them at a very competitive price but they are still more that a 'decent' netbook. My guess is that this is going to be much the same here.
     
  15. Bentron macrumors 6502

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    No way will you get an Apple product sell for (so much) under it's exchange rate value.

    At the moment for the 16GB WiFi model it is $499 = £331.
     
  16. wizzerandchips macrumors 6502

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    But it's not a netbook, why do people compare it to a netbook! Yes we get it later, and then people start sulking coz they won't get there hands on it the same time as uncle tom. So go on go buy something else, I'm just as eager to get one. But I'm not going to spite myself and go buy something equivalent, then get my hands on an ipad and think, oh what have I done!
     
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    Then you need to add VAT and also the other 5-10 % which Apple always add in the UK.

    I'll be really surprised if it sells for less than £399.
     
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  19. Bentron macrumors 6502

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    I will be in Germany for the launch so I am seriously considering picking one up there. At the moment the base model would be:

    $499 = €366

    €366 + Taxes which equate to around 25% = €458

    €458 = £414

    With the exchange rate as it is, the Eurozone countries may have it for a cheaper price or at least a very similar one.
     
  20. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

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    No, no, they don't. There are several products on the UK Apple store that are cheaper than the US price + VAT, including the 64GB iPod touch. Because of the weak pound, it's meant are prices are more competitive with US prices now. Particularly in the App store — at 59p (inc. VAT) UK customers are getting a steal.

    I've said this in every UK pricing thread but nobody ever seems to pay attention. :p
     
  21. JonnyIreland macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with this price for the base model.. I feel that we are gonna get hit hard by the current poor value of the UK£ right now. Not sure how Apple can justify it though in comparison to say a similarly-priced Mac Mini in the US store that has a totally different value in the UK. Surely Apple as an "exporter" must also take some of the hit along with the consumer, that's how most businesses work -they don't just jack up/down the price every time there is a fluctuation in the currency markets.

    I might consider not getting an iPad if the price is as high as some are suggesting.
     
  22. OllyW Moderator

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    That is only because the price was set when the exchange rate was higher. Apple keep the same price for the life of a product from the day it is released until it's next update.

    The UK price of the iPad will be determined by the current exchange rate, not the price of the 64GB iPod touch which was set back in September when the Pound was worth $1.68. On the day it was released, the 64 GB touch actually cost £20 more in the UK.
     
  23. ddk121 macrumors 6502

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    I'll be in America after the US iPad launch, and was wondering if anyone had a slight idea wether the 3G equipped US version would work in the UK?

    Thanks guys!
     
  24. JonnyIreland macrumors 6502a

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    It should almost certainly work, as one of the features of the 3G iPad is that it is unlocked and should therefore work across the globe, networks permitting.
     
  25. qbricc macrumors member

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    3rd Party offers

    The price might well be unfair compared with the US Apple store, however don't rule out the iPad being sold from other sites and store with discounts (example being Argos with 10% off on ipods).

    I can also see mobile internet providers offering discounts for 3G or WIFI deals. Many are currently using the iPod touch 8GB as a free gift for contracts.

    The marketing of the iPad in the UK may look more like the iPod model than the Mac model.

    Just keep your eyes peeled for good deals.

    (I for one would never buy a iPod from apple as they never offer deals such as itunes cards.)
     

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