This weekend, Apple is expected to release its third-generation iPad in over 30 countries around the globe. This news comes from MacRumors who discovered Apple's iPad selection page now includes a number of new countries for Latin America. Supporting this speculation is also the recent increase in production volume for iPhones and iPads at Foxconn and timely price cuts on the iPad 2 in the countries where the new iPad may arrive.
According to MacRumors, the following countries can expect to receive the latest iPad on Friday, May 11: Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Morocco, Peru, Taiwan, Tunisia and Vietnam.
The following day, May 12, is expected to bring Apple's shiny tablet to a number of Middle Eastern countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Missing from that list, of course, is China. Other countries you might expect on the list such as Honduras, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Paraguay and the Philippines also appear to be absent.
Although onlookers can only speculate as to why it's taken this long for the iPad to infiltrate some of these International markets, Apple may have been waiting for display manufacturers to take a breather. A couple of months ago, there were reports that manufacturers were having difficulties producing Retina (ie. high-resolution) displays at the volume Apple needs -- that's without 30 other countries buying iPads. Additionally, varying regulations and certification requirements across political borders is unlikely to be helpful, either.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPad 2 improves on the original in many ways, including a significantly faster dual-core CPU, improved graphics and a thinner footprint. The iPad 2 also manages to shave off 0.2 pounds for a total weight of 1.33 pounds on the Wi-Fi only model. Apple has included two cameras on the iPad 2 – a VGA-quality front facing lens for FaceTime and a rear-facing camera capable of recording 720p video.
The 13-inch MacBook Air models get a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2637M processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of flash storage for $1,299 or $1,599, respectively. Configure to order options include a 1.8 GHz Core i7-2677M processor and additional flash storage, but unfortunately no discrete graphics, only the built-in HD 3000 from Intel.
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