At last, some good news for Apple fans. The iPad is continuing its quest for world domination with a launch across nine more countries, including the Republic of Ireland, on Friday 23 July.

The iPad first hit the US with the Wi-Fi only versions on 3 April, followed by the 3G versions at the end of that month. It hit the UK on 28 May (along with Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland) and the 23 July launch adds Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore to the iPad zone.

If you live in one of these countries and you have your heart set on getting one, make sure you read our comprehensive guide first. It will tell you everything you need to know and will leave you wanting for nothing.

We're checking with our Apple contacts now how much the iPad is set to cost in Ireland, so check back for updates. Keep checking your local Apple site as well though, as Apple is usually pretty swift to update its pages with the relevant info.

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