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Launched slightly earlier than the advertised 1AM Shipping in "2-3 weeks" right out of the gate. Placed an order for iPad and polyurethane smart cover. Estimated shipping date 19/4/11 Estimated delivery date 21/4/11 Traveling overseas for two weeks on 16/4/11 so not sure how that's going to go down. Will try my luck at a retail store tomorrow then cancel online order if necessary. I guess those lines are going to be long in the morning!
Here the police make them mobile checkpoints. Any police car can pull you over and test your blood alcohol concentration in a simple breathe test. Problem solved.
Apple Australia website still mentions the 25th. Housemate works for an Australian telco. Said they are in the final stages of preparing marketing material and all systems are go for a Friday launch. A MacTalk forum user called the Apple Store in the CBD and was allegedly told to expect an 8AM opening launch (there was conflicting information about a 5PM local launch which has never happened here before).
Whereabouts? I'm wondering how much stock Myer will be getting on the 25th. I've got $200 store credit left over from christmas burning a hole in my pocket but given the international shortage not getting one in the first five seconds they're available is more or less equivalent to not getting one at all. Might be tempted to go somewhere else that will accept a deposit to secure a launch day model.
I think I'll just donate the money I would have spent on an iPad to the Japan recovery effort.
You're probably right regarding a partnership with Visa or Mastercard. It would be easier to implement with their involvement because the authentication infrastructure is already in place in a way that's (apparently) more reliable than the internet. And it would sell lots of Apple devices. Maybe once it's established Apple will look to replace Visa/Mastercard's role entirely. I think Steve would consider this an ideal market to exercise control over.
It won't be 30%It might be less than the transaction fee charged by Visa, Mastercard and Amex.Apple wouldn't enter such an established market unless they had a significant disruption strategy.Unless they link your iTunes account directly to your bank account it's use would still be tied to your credit card anyway (which Apple waives the transaction fees for at the moment). I'm not so sure Apple would be so eager to waive the transaction fees when you purchase a new sofa.
That's quite a few degrees of separation. RFID adoption in the international market is really a chicken and egg case. RFID isn't really a feature that drives adoption unless you can use it in a number of places. And it's not likely to be available in a number of places unless it's widely adopted. But we know Apple are setting up a number of other features in their devices which are not necessarily immediately useful but will probably become very useful in the future when...
I wouldn't have thought "very" poor but thanks for taking the time to let me know. I'll be sure to run my thoughts by you before posting next time.
Will Australia be one of the few markets to see a price drop for the iPad 2?The Australian dollar is 15-20% stronger against the greenback than when the iPad 1 launched.And the iPad 1 dropped a massive $180 in Australia following the iPad 2 announcement. US $499 -> US $399AUD $629 -> AUD $449My hunch is that the Australian iPad 2 will be priced from $599.It's a rounder figure than $629 but still leaves a conservative buffer should Apple be concerned about volatile changes...
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