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MTBlogBot2000
28th January 2010, 11:10 AM
<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-4614" title="60596852-62800dac6ecfc27d24562c8aa601b992.4b60de4a-full" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/60596852-62800dac6ecfc27d24562c8aa601b992.4b60de4a-full1.jpg" alt="60596852-62800dac6ecfc27d24562c8aa601b992.4b60de4a-full" width="250" height="243" />The iPad is fresh and details are scant. However, there are many questions that remain unanswered, particularly for us Australians. This is a quick and dirty FAQ to answer some Australian related iPad questions. (graphic courtesy of

<strong>When will it be out here in Australia?</strong>
Apple has said the iPad will be out in 60 days worldwide <em>(29th March)</em>. The iPad with 3G will be out in 90 days worldwide <em>(28th April)</em>. We might actually get it before the US does, thanks to the magic of time zones.

<strong>How much will it cost in Australia?</strong>
No local pricing has been released, but based on the US pricing and the Australian dollar not sucking so hard, you can probably expect it to be not much more than the US pricing - certainly not double, maybe a straight conversion from US$ to AU$ and 20% on top and rounded up (e.g: the US$499 model is likely to be around $649 here).

<strong>How does mobile internet work on the 3G iPad?</strong>
The iPad is being sold unlocked from day 1. So you can go to any 3G telco you wish and sign up for a SIM only mobile broadband contract or get a SIM only pre-paid mobile broadband account and place it in your iPad and away you go.

Steve mentioned at the keynote that international carrier deals will be worked out in around June/July. This means you might have the option of going to your preferred telco and getting the iPad on a contract. For example, $0 up front for an iPad, with 3GB/month of data for $79/month on a $29 contract. Just like how you'd get an iPhone.

<strong>I heard the iPad uses something called a Micro-SIM for 3G, is that the same as the SIM I have now?</strong>

A Micro-SIM is pretty much just like a regular SIM, just with less bulk around the chip part of the SIM. Here's a pic:

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4612" title="iwqau41b" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/iwqau41b.jpg" alt="iwqau41b" width="382" height="241" />

So if you were to get a new SIM and the telco has a modern-ish SIM card, you can just pop it out of the inner-most perforation and insert that into the iPad. If you already have a SIM you want to use, get out the scissors and start cutting.
<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>If you have any other questions regarding the iPad you want answered, just let us know in the comments!</strong></p>

MikeB
28th January 2010, 11:33 AM
So, I see there is no mention of the iBookstore feature on the Australian Apple iPad site: AU Ipad site (http://www.apple.com/au/ipad/features/)
Is this going to be the reason the Australian press release was so vague: limited/poor iBook offerings i.e., early iTunes movie/TV offerings?

How long will it be before Apple Australia's iBookstore offerings are of any real value?

yinyang
28th January 2010, 11:36 AM
the iBooks app is currently US only.

Not sure when it'll be made available to other countries, but I'm guessing that it's going to go the same route as the iTMs when that got released all those years ago ie it won't get to Aus for a 'while'

Minkey
28th January 2010, 11:41 AM
Yeah, I'm really troubled as to what effect the Parallel Books import laws here in OZ will have on the iBookstore. It already hobbles the Kindle. Are we going to get iBookstore lite?

yinyang
28th January 2010, 11:53 AM
but how about if you buy Kindle books via the iPhone app - doesn't that come straight from US?

chrissara
28th January 2010, 01:07 PM
Question - does it have GPS? If not, why is there a compass application in there?

Or can it be tethered to say your iPhone to enable GPS support so you can use Google Maps etc. I recognised it is not designed for that purpose but am curious to see.

Balty
28th January 2010, 01:09 PM
An iPhone and iPad *bundle* would be great. Everything in one contract and probably a bit cheaper.

@chrissara Only the WiFi + 3G model has GPS. Both the WiFi only and WiFi + 3G models have a digital compass.

mallo
28th January 2010, 01:13 PM
Question - does it have GPS? If not, why is there a compass application in there?

Or can it be tethered to say your iPhone to enable GPS support so you can use Google Maps etc. I recognised it is not designed for that purpose but am curious to see.


* Wi-Fi
* Digital compass
* Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
* Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

See here Apple - iPad - Technical specifications and accessories for iPad. (http://www.apple.com/au/ipad/specs/)

dappleone
28th January 2010, 01:21 PM
Pricing for US here fyi:

Apple - iPad - Price starting at US$499 (http://www.apple.com/au/ipad/pricing/)

16 GB 32 GB 64 GB
Wi-Fi $499 $599 $699
Wi-Fi + 3G $629 $729 $829

Beaner
28th January 2010, 04:23 PM
The information about the Micro-Sim is incorrect. What you have drawn the circle around is a mini-sim.

A micro-sim is a totally different thing altogether.

See

Apple iPad's 'Micro SIM' explained -- Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/27/apple-ipads-micro-sim-explained)

tcn33
28th January 2010, 04:29 PM
Those look pretty much identical to me...

Ecto1
28th January 2010, 05:53 PM
Not sure when it'll be made available to other countries, but I'm guessing that it's going to go the same route as the iTMs when that got released all those years ago ie it won't get to Aus for a 'while'

Yeah, but back then Apple where not as big as they are now. My bet is the iBook store will come are way around April or june.

mmulhern
28th January 2010, 06:35 PM
So, I see there is no mention of the iBookstore feature on the Australian Apple iPad site: AU Ipad site (http://www.apple.com/au/ipad/features/)
Is this going to be the reason the Australian press release was so vague: limited/poor iBook offerings i.e., early iTunes movie/TV offerings?

How long will it be before Apple Australia's iBookstore offerings are of any real value?

Oh well, just have to use Stanza while the publishing giants squabble over DRM, profits, distribution, blah, blah.

Look at Baen.com - great sci-fi and fantasy novels, cheap, no DRM.

GregA
28th January 2010, 07:31 PM
edit: Okay, I thought this was a deal I saw virgin make which was interesting... but I can't find any evidence of it online now....

Commit to $20/mth for 2 years, for 1GB/mth of data, and they give you a $150 usb data card

Translate that into iPad - and it's possible that Virgin could sell the iPad +3G model at the same price as the iPad -3G model, on a 2year 1GB contract.

Edge
28th January 2010, 07:41 PM
How long will it be before Apple Australia's iBookstore offerings are of any real value?
Australian publishing industry, I'll be stealing books until you get your act together and make it easy, I repeat easy, to buy your books.

Analog6
27th April 2010, 04:16 AM
I'd like to know about GPS capability too - seems a very obvious use for it to me, imagine that nice big screen for your GPS apps