iPad US iPad air in UK

Discussion in 'iPad' started by themoffster, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. themoffster macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    Aside from changing the plug connector from the US to the UK variety, is there anything that I need to do to make this 'work'?
    Is there anything restricted?
    Do i need a US itunes account?

    I take it the models are all identical regardless of where you bought them?

  2. Tomr182 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2014
    good questions

    my parents are bringing me one back as a gift from USA next week! I hadn't thought about the wrong plug hah
  3. njsapple2012 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2012
    No, you wouldn't need a US iTunes account, have you got an existing UK iTunes account already? During the initial set up just enter those details as per.

    There would be no restrictions either; and from what I can gather from the US and UK online Store they support the same LTE bands, too, unless yours is just a WiFi only model?
  4. themoffster thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    Yeah. I'm looking at a wifi only model.
    I'm just not wanting to be burned buying something imported from the states that doesn't work as I expected.

    I am right in saying I can plug it into UK mains without any converters by just changing the plug to a uk one without any issues?
  5. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Yes, the cable is just that - a cable - so changing the power 'brick' (they're tiny now! :p ) which is integrated in the plug will work fine.
  6. themoffster thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011

    It seems there's no downside to buying US then!
  7. njsapple2012 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2012
    Outside of the various additional taxes and import charges, no there isn't...!
  8. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    I have British family members who visit us regularly in California and someone always buys a wifi iPad here to take home. Other than the plug there is no issue whatsoever. My mother-in-law even had her US-bought iPad serviced by Apple in the UK under warranty (it was bricked by the iOS 7 update).
    I've used my AT&T iPad in the UK on Three (3G only) no problem too.
  9. Tomr182 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Similar story to me now that I think about it

    My current iPad mini is from USA and had ghost screen. The warranty is international with the receipt.

    On the taxes, there is a limit to the total value of gifts you can bring back before and import duties apply so as long as people stay within there shouldn't be a problem

    And you can get the uk plugs in USA as well, if the store are really nice they will swap the one in the box... They did for my mini anyway
  10. abta1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Paris, France
    No issues whatsoever. I recently bought an retina iPad mini from CA which I use now in Vienna, Austria and have used in the UK as well.
  11. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    The power brick will most likely handle 100 Volt to 240 Volt (it's printed on the brick, so you can check it), so you won't need an expensive power brick but only a cheap adapter for the plug. Of course that's a bit ugly, so you might decide to buy a new power brick instead.
  12. tomhall macrumors newbie


    Jul 13, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    What additional taxes and import charges? I bought two 32GB iPad Airs from Miami and didn't have to pay any additional or import charges.

    No issues at all, as stated, just the plug, and a slightly slimmer box than the UK box (due to the UK plug being bigger than US)
  13. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Legally. I believe you are suppose to declare anything of value (higher than X amount) and pay import VAT taxes on the iPad.

    But we all know most won't.
  14. The Oak, May 1, 2014
    Last edited: May 1, 2014

    The Oak macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2013
    What about the WiFi radio? I "think" Europe supports different wireless N channels than the US. On the 2.4 GHz Europe supports more, but the 5 GHz they support less ... do not quote me here. Maybe its location based and the iPad "knows" what channels it can use?


    Looking at the LTE model numbers ... they are the same for the US and the UK ... so I think the iPad just figures it out and makes available the extra channels.
  15. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    No issues as long as it's the wifi only model.

    Picked one up in New Zealand last year and brought it back, just changed the plug and all is good.
  16. nviz22 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2013
    Not a problem. I would just check for the warranty, but I believe Apple will honor it. One thing I noticed that the iPad has the option to choose countries during initial set up, so I assume it should work in the UK.
  17. Tomr182 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2014
    the warranty 100% words, see my post above regarding my story

    just keep the receipt, and buy it on a credit card for extra protection
  18. Yptcn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    It works both ways . I bought my rMini in France and when traveling in the US just changed the plug and it worked perfectly.
  19. jlc1978 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2009
    Now they are; including the radio bands. I've used mine abroad no problem except for Australia; where I had to turn the screen upside down in order to view items right side up.
  20. themoffster thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    just a quick update.
    bought a US import in the UK and changed the power plug attchment and had no issues at all
  21. Tomr182 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Where did you buy a uk plug? And was it official apple?
  22. KSean macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
  23. alice04 macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2013
    There are even US phones that are used from the different side of the country. Hihihi :)
  24. themoffster thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011

    It came with the iPad. It wasn't apple official
  25. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    You have the 1 year manufacturer's warranty, which is valid world wide for any Apple product. You won't have UK statutory rights, since the store you bought from is not in the UK.

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