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Here’s a quick update on the Apple iPad availability in the region.
Itechia offered reservations and now they have announced that the iPad is now available:
The poster said: “Don’t worry, we brought it”. Make sure to contact itechia via their website.
Update: If you reserved an iPad then the 16GB model will cost 2,866SR ($764), a bit high but when comparing it to the next store. Photos of the launch on itechia’s facebook group.
Extra Stores, a major electronic retailer has advertised on Wednesday’s newspapers about the iPad. Here’s the ad:
The ad said “Be the first to get an iPad: be one of the first, unique earners of the iPad. Visit the closest Extra branch today and register your name to get it next week. limited quantities.
Special thanks to M. Asim in the Facebook page for visiting Extra and getting some info: 3,999SR ($1,066) for a 16GB iPad WiFi. That model cost $499 (1,871SR) from Apple! And you need to pay 1,000SR in advance. That’s a big rip off.
United Arab Emirates
Via Gulfnews, the first patch of gray market iPads has sold out. The prices were the worst in the Gulf: 16GB iPad for Dh4,500 (4,594SR or $1,225), 32GB iPad for Dh5,250 (5,360SR or $1,429) and 64GB iPad for Dh6,000 (6,126SR or $1,633).
Remember that the WiFi only iPad models cost: $499, $599 and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.
Update 2: itechia’s regular price for 64GB iPad WiFi is 4,999SR ($1,333) which is steep even though it’s less than the UAE price by $300.