UPDATE: The iPad 2 finally arrived in Indonesia on July 15, but most stores (iBox retail outlets) had limited supplies. More details below.
The Second Coming: Is the Apple iPad 2 worth the hype and is it worth the upgrade? More importantly, when is it coming to Indonesia?
When the first Apple iPad came out a year ago and the so-called “Post-PC era” had begun, a lot of hardcore techies were interested, but wanted to “wait for the second generation” so Apple could work out any bugs. It didn’t turn out to have any serious bugs, but it also did not have a camera, which several competitors did have later in 2010.
It’s thinner (33 percent thinner, more than even the iPhone 4!) and lighter and its processor is twice as fast with a nine times faster graphics process, yet it offers the same 10-hour battery life. Also, a neat addition is the new Smart Cover, which you can check out here.
The tapered edges are also an improvement, offering a sleeker, more streamlined design. However, the best thing about the iPad 2 is that it’s the same price as the first iPad, undercutting the price points of major competitors.
While the new iPad may not be as groundbreaking as the first, it’s definitely a worthy purchase for those who didn’t take the leap on the first generation. And for those of you with the first iPad in-hand and a couple of bucks to spare … why not upgrade?
They started showing up in U.S. stores in mid-March and in Japan and Europe in late March, so expect some in your corner of the world soon. In the U.S., they’ve been selling extremely well with people camping out in line the night before to pick one (actually a maximum of two per customer) up and the store’s stock selling out before noon.
In Indonesia, as of early April, there has been no official launch date announced for the iPad 2, but there have apparently been instances of unofficial iPad 2 sales in Indonesia with unauthorized resellers hawking the iPad 2 at an average of Rp 3 million over the U.S. prices. The entry model (16GB + WiFi) has allegedly been sold for roughly Rp 7 – 10 million (depending on your negotiation skills) in the Greater Jakarta area; you just have to know where to look.
UPDATE – April 28:
The iPad 2 hit stores in Japan on April 28 and later to Honk Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates a day after. It was made available in China by May 6th. While pricing has yet to be confirmed, retail pricing is expected to math US MSRPs. Unfortunately, there has been no confirmation regarding the availability of 3G models abroad.
UPDATE – July 16:
According to The Jakarta Globe…
Ari Soetjitro, a consultant manager for local Apple reseller iBox, said on Friday [July 15] that the retailer expected to sell all of its iPad 2s in five stores by Sunday [July 17]. iBox has stores in five Jakarta malls, including Senayan City, Kelapa Gading 3, Plaza Indonesia and Central Park. Anticipation has been running high in the capital for the new tablet, which was released in many other countries back in March. Ari said the reason that iPad 2 was so late in coming to Indonesia because of a licensing delay from the Directorate General of Post and Telecommunication.
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