Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is poised to launch their new iPad in twenty-one more countries. They made the official announcement on April 16. In just four days the new iPad (also called iPad 3 by many) will launch in Venezuela, Malaysia, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, El Salvador, Guatemala, St. Maarten, Uruguay, Panama, and Brunei. On April 27th, they will release the iPad in Colombia, India, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Thailand, South Africa, Lithuania, and Montenegro.
The company recently sent a press release to announce the news. It’s the same best-selling tablet that’s sold here in the United States and much of Europe with key features like, lightweight design, A5X chip, quad-gore graphics, unique retina dispay, iSight camera with 5 megapixels, access to over 200,000 apps, and ten hour battery life.
Ars Technica’s Chris Foreman mentioned that the iPad 3 has the strongest selling record of all Apple products. They sold 3 million of them during the first weekend and a total of 13 million just this last quarter. Since it’s their best-selling product, naturally they would want to sell it in other countries in hopes that it will be just as successful.
This recent announcement should also provide a little financial relief for Apple. Zack Whitaker for ZDNet recently shared a post on why the world’s most valued company expects Q2 2012 sales for the iPhone to drop. In a recent report from Fortune magazine, Apple may have sold 26 to 44 million iPhone just this past quarter. They will further divulge the details on April 24. Whitaker speculates that although sales for the iPhone 4s have been successful, the iPad 3 may have been a distraction and that although Apple earns about 50% of their revenue via iPhone sales, iPad 3 sales could easily cover up that difference.
For Apple fans in the countries mentioned above, this is good news. It’s also good news for budget tablet buyers who will finally be able to get their hands on the iPad 2 at heavily discounted price. It’s a win-win for everyone.