PETALING JAYA: The decision by Apple to delay the release of its iPad overseas has given the impetus to enterprising parties to cash in on local fans who cannot wait to get their hands on the device.
A check on popular local forums such as Lowyat.net revealed that iPads are already being sold on the forum by some users. Parallel importers have also gotten into the business of selling iPads in IT malls, including Digital Mall in Section 14 here.
Prices for these grey imports range from RM2,400 to RM2,900 for the 16GB WiFi version. The official price for a similar iPad on the official US Apple online store is US$499 (RM1,600) before tax.
The company has not revealed pricing for overseas markets yet.
While there are many local users who can’t wait for the official release to get their hands on one, 30-year-old videogame programmer and avid Apple user, Chris Chong is adopting a different stance.
“Personally, I wouldn’t pay a premium to get the iPad early as my iPod touch meets many of my multimedia needs.”
“To me, the iPad will come in most handy for surfing the Web with the larger screen and will help when developing games,” he added.
Bernard Lim, a 28-year old industrial designer said he would also wait for the iPad to be officially available here.
“I would rather get my iPad from an authorised reseller as I’m worried about the device’s warranty and whether it would be supported by retailers here,” he said.
Lim said he’s in no rush to get the iPad either as he also has an iPhone for meeting his entertainment and web browsing needs.
Yesterday Apple announced that it was delaying its iPad international shipments by a full month to the end of May in order to meet growing demand for the device in the United States.
It is unclear whether this would further impact the release date of the iPad here as local Apple representatives chose to remain mum over the issue.
Apple released the iPad in the United States on April 3 and said it sold 500,000 units in the first week.
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