iPad UK pricing and release date finally revealed

The price break down for the Apple iPad's UK launch has been revealed, at long last, after weeks of rumour and speculation. It turns out that the figures being touted about in web land have turned out to be pretty much on the money, although that does mean that we're having to pay more than our American cousins.

The cheapest iPad you can get is the 16GB Wi-Fi only version for £429 - that's a considerable difference from the list price of $499 for the same iPad State-side. Even accounting for US sales tax (7% in NYC, which is a good indicator), it equates to $534 (£364). The UK 32GB Wi-Fi version is £499 and the 64GB one is £599. In the US these are, after tax is added, £436.50 and £509 respectively.

For the 3G versions the prices are £529 for the 16GB, £599 for the 32GB and £699 for the 64GB. Across the pond these are, after tax, $673 (£458), $780 (£531) and $887 (£604) meaning that if you went for top-end iPad, the 64GB Wi-Fi and 3G version, you'll be paying over £90 more than you would if you were buying one in America.

It's not all bad news though as Apple has confirmed that iBooks will be available to download free from iTunes on 28 May, which is iPad launch day. It was rumoured that we might not be getting this for a while.

Pre-orders open Monday 10 May direct from the Apple Store. Get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Is this a fair price for the iPad? Are the differences in prices simply due to a weak pound or is Apple taking us for a ride? Let us know using the comments below.



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