Today saw the announcement of details about the New iPad 3. The release date is Friday 16th March 2012 in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. The following countries will then get the new iPad on Friday 23rd March: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Puertostan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
No news yet about an official release date for Thailand. However, it can be almost guaranteed that shops at MBK will have them in stock by Monday 19th March. Of course, you will have to pay a premium for this. The iPad 2 was released in the US on 11th March 2011. It then came to Thailand officially on 6th May 2011. This timeframe sounds about right for the expected release date for the new iPad 3. So, we could be seeing the new iPad 3 released in Thailand on Friday 11th May or 18th May 2012.
As for the price of the new iPad 3, we are expecting it to be around the same price as the present iPad 2 prices which are:
Expected new iPad 3 Prices:
iPad 3 WiFi: 16GB 15,900 Baht, 32GB 18,900 Baht and 64GB 21,900 Baht *
iPad 3 WiFi + 3G: 16GB 19,900, 32GB 22,900 and 64GB 25,900 *
In anticipation of this, the Apple store in Thailand has already reduced the prices of the iPad 2 as follows:
NEW iPad 2 Prices:
iPad 2 WiFi: 16GB 13,500 Baht, 32GB 16,500 Baht and 64GB 19,500 Baht
iPad 2 WiFi + 3G: 16GB 17,500, 32GB 20,500 and 64GB 23,500