BANGALORE, INDIA: Apple iPad 2 is up for sale in the US from March 11. Yet, there are no reliable indicators that suggest the release of the gadget in India, the second fastest growing mobile market in the world.
Referring to media reports on the launch of iPad 2, an Apple Inc. spokesman told CIOL on Monday that reports were mere speculation and Apple has not announced any date for the launch. Ever since Apple announced the launch of iPad 2, speculations were doing the round saying that the gadget may hit the Indian shores in April, May or June.
The spokesman said “Apple has only committed to the world launch as of now. Apple has never commented on iPad 2 release in India. I just don't understand who is churning these rumours.”
wever, in India iPad 2 can be brought from several online stores. HomeShop18 recently announced that will bring the Apple iPad 2 on their e-commerce portal. The gadget will be priced at 34900 and the product will delivered to the customer's doorstep with free in-transit insurance, a HomeShop 18 release said.
Previously, several managers with Apple partners had told CIOL on condition of anonymity that they had been told by Apple to expect an announcement in just two weeks' time, and it was rumoured that it could be the iPad 2. But this turned out to be the announcement of iPhone 4 release.
Two leading cellular operators in India - Airtel and Aircel - only recently announced the sale of Apple's iPhone 4 in India. Though the release was speculated at the time of the global launch of iPhone 4 with Vodafone, it just remained a speculation only.
According to sources, Apple partners, who were anxious to know when iPad 2 would be launched in India, were told during the partners meeting held in New Delhi in March that Apple was indeed working on a release date.
The list of countries where iPad 2 will be released on March 25 include; 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.
However, in India iPad 2 can be brought from several online stores. HomeShop18 recently announced that will bring the Apple iPad 2 on their e-commerce portal. The gadget will be priced at 34900 and the product will delivered to the customer's doorstep with free in-transit insurance, a HomeShop 18 release said.