iPad 2、金曜日から25ヵ国で発売開始

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ついにやってくる。何がかと言えばもちろんiPad 2の話だ。Appleの薄くなったタブレットマシンが3月25日よりさまざまな国で販売開始となる。続いて香港、韓国、シンガポールでも4月に発売開始となる予定だ。但し日本では「他の地域とさほど変わらない時期」となっているだけで、詳細な日程は明らかになっていない。

まず発売となるのはオーストラリア、オーストリア、ベルギー、カナダ、チェコ、デンマーク、フィンランド、フランス、ドイツ、ギリシャ、ハンガリー、アイスランド、アイルランド、イタリア、ルクセンブルク、メキシコ、オランダ、ニュージーランド、ノルウェイ、ポーランド、ポルトガル、スペイン、スウェーデン、スイス、そしてイギリスとなっている。これらの国では現地時間で午後5時より発売開始となり、またオンライン販売は午前1時より開始される。興味深いことに、いずれの国でもiPad 2を指して「第三の選択の第二世代機」というような表現をし、「ポストPC」としての位置づけをしている。

ちなみに、以前は見られた「魔法の」という宣伝文句は使われなくなったようだ。既にiPadは「魔法」ではなく「現実」になったということもあるのだろう。

以下、プレスリリースは原文のまま掲載いたします。

iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday

Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2”
“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.

Pricing & Availability

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store℠ on iPad or http://www.itunes.com/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 (US) or rich leather for $69 (US).

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(翻訳:Maeda, H)